Human empathy may extend further than we thought. In fact, humans may even have the ability to empathize with manufactured machines.
Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology in collaboration with Kyoto University, released a study Tuesday revealing that when shown images of human and humanoid robotic hands in painful situations, humans responded with similar immediate levels of empathy, as evidenced by recorded electrical activity of the brain.
“Empathy with robots as well as other humans may facilitate prosocial behaviors. Robots that help us or interact with us should be empathized by humans.”