How humans trust robots

A New Study of Robot Faces Suggests the ‘Uncanny Valley’ Is Real

The complexities of human-robot interaction are solid fodder for sci-fi, but they’re also starting to have increasingly practical implications. As robots become more and more prominent in daily life, it’s going to be important to build ones that humans are comfortable interacting with. The “uncanny valley” is a key concept to this discussion. The basic idea, first proposed by the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970, is that while there’s an overall relationship between how human a robot looks and how friendly humans will find it, there’s a catch — as you approach humanness, there’s a point at which robots, from a human perspective, occupy an unnatural, uncomfortable-seeming middle ground — they’re pretty human, but still identifiably something else. ….[READ]


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