A newly developed robotic thumb imprints how the hand is represented in the brain. Using the robotic thumb, researchers reported improvements in conducting dexterity tasks, such as building with blocks. Additionally, those who trained to use the additional thumb began to feel as though the digit was a part of their body.
People who were touched by conversational humanoid robots report positive emotional states and were more likely to comply with requests made by the robot.
Researchers investigate why feminine robots and AI systems, such as Siri and Alexa, are considered to be more humanistic than their male counterparts.
Studying human-machine interactions, researchers found that during the pandemic, people are not only more altruistic to other humans, their behaviors also extend to machines. This may be explained by the growing popularity of digital assistants, such as Alexa.
People consider moral decisions made by humanoid robots to be less ethically sound than when another human or traditional-looking robot makes the same decision.
Researchers have created a robot that can learn to visually predict how its partner will behave. This could help robots get along with other robots and humans more intuitively.