People tend to think voice-user AI interfaces such as Siri or Alexa are more competent and emotionally engaging if they exhibit social cues.
Young children are better able to understand what they are studying when they learn alongside a social robot.
A new study reports social robots may be good counselors. Researchers say the NAO robot is able to provide a helpful motivational interview, a technique used by counselors to support behavior change.
As social robotics is becoming more popular, researchers explore how people react to the technology. They report people show significantly stronger liking to faulty robots than those that interact perfectly.