This robot might be smiling, but it's not saying very nice things.
Words can sting, even if they don't come from another human.
Researchers - Carnegie - Mellon - University - Pennsylvania
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania took the friendly humanoid Pepper robot and turned it into a Debbie Downer for a study on how humans react to robo-insults.
Forty participants played a video game while the robot tossed out either discouraging comments or encouraging comments. The negative sayings were all PG, like "I have to say you are a terrible player" or "Over the course of the game your playing has become confused."
Researchers - Game - Scores
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