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Inversion effect in human-robot interaction

Inversion effect in human-robot interaction | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

University of Canterbury researchers Christoph Bartneck and Jakub Zlotowski found people's brain functions showed they perceived robots as humans.

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'Somewhat alive' robots make humans embarrassed - study - Technology - NZ Herald News

'Somewhat alive' robots make humans embarrassed - study - Technology - NZ Herald News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
How do you feel about getting undressed in front of a robot?
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Robots Learn To Work With Humans : Discovery News

Robots Learn To Work With Humans : Discovery News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
New programming will allow robots to work side-by-side humans.
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At Your Deathbed: Last Moment Robot : Discovery News

At Your Deathbed: Last Moment Robot : Discovery News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Check into the Last Moment Hospital to have your notions of intimacy and death reexamined.
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Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human | Video on TED.com

TED Talks The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robots.

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ApriPetit, The Latest Talkative and Cute Robot | Geeky Gadgets

ApriPetit, The Latest Talkative and Cute Robot | Geeky Gadgets | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots are hard to communicate with, but Toshiba wants to remedy that. Which is why their R&D department built ApriPetit, a successor to their larger ApriPoco. This little robot is cute and stands about six inches tall.
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Emotional Cocorobo vac-bot wants to suck up to you

Emotional Cocorobo vac-bot wants to suck up to you | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Plucky trilingual robot acts differently depending on how it feels, according to Sharp. Just don't kick it with your steel-toed boots. Read this blog post by Tim Hornyak on Crave.
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Heartland Robotics - Human collaborating with Robots - Little Red Bot

Heartland Robotics focuses on human-robot interaction in industry. Many believe that total autonomy is not going to be practical today or a few years down.
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Look Ma No Hands, in 140 Characters or Less... | Txchnologist

Look Ma No Hands, in 140 Characters or Less... | Txchnologist | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Clifford Nass the founder of Stanford University's famed Communications Between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab, and the author of The Man Who Lie...
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Dr. Roboto? Interactive Teddy Bear Helps Kids Manage Diabetes

Dr. Roboto? Interactive Teddy Bear Helps Kids Manage Diabetes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Jerry the Bear has Type 1 Diabetes, and kids who share his illness can take care of him to learn about their own symptoms.
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Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet? - IEEE Spectrum

Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet? - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Researchers force Robovie into a closet as a way of testing whether children see robots as moral beings...
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Robot and Frank Shows Softer Side of Robo-Helpers at Sundance

Robot and Frank Shows Softer Side of Robo-Helpers at Sundance | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
PARK CITY, Utah -- Not every robot helper ultimately turns into a vengeful Cylon. That's the message of Robot and Frank, a touching and futu...

Just seen this movie at SF International Film Festival and highly recommend it. It's about time a plausible human-robot interaction movie came out. Note: the robot may not always be plausible but the interaction always is.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge: Q&A With the Program Manager ...

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The DARPA Robotics Challenge is decidedly not exclusive to humanoid systems. The three big ideas here are, first, we need robots that are compatible with shared environments, even though the environments are degraded, ...
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2012/10/24 Robots, Take Your Mark… The DARPA Robotics Challenge Begins Today! Will It Include You?

2012/10/24 Robots, Take Your Mark… The DARPA Robotics Challenge Begins Today! Will It Include You? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) begins today. Will you be part of it?

 

Registration is Track C is open for individuals and small teams without hardware using the open-source DRC simulator.

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Hallucinating Robots Arrange Space With Consideration of Human ...

Hallucinating Robots Arrange Space With Consideration of Human ... | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Researchers at Cornell University have developed a way for robots to consider the human element when arranging a room by teaching robots to “hallucinate” where and how humans might interact with the space—such as ...
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An Uncanny Mind: Masahiro Mori on the Uncanny Valley and Beyond - IEEE Spectrum

An Uncanny Mind: Masahiro Mori on the Uncanny Valley and Beyond - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An interview with the Japanese professor who came up with the uncanny valley of robotics...
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Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory - MIT News Office

Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory - MIT News Office | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
New algorithm allows robots and humans to work side by side.
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“Last Moment Robot”? - First Things (blog)

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First Things (blog)“Last Moment Robot”?First Things (blog)The “Last Moment Robot” has been created to be your companion as you shuffle off this mortal coil. From the CNET story: I am the Last Moment Robot.
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Robots and Humans — swissnex

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Hear from speakers at the forefront of research on robot-human interactions as they discuss the standards and requirements that need to be taken into consideration when developing new robots. To be functional in everyday life, for instance, they must be safe and quick to respond to changes in their environment.

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Wall-mounted interactive robot mimics emotions, follows you around, wants to be friends (video)

Wall-mounted interactive robot mimics emotions, follows you around, wants to be friends (video) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Not every robot is here to make our food, clean our floors or perform interstellar maintenance for us.
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WATCH: Virtual Humans In The Wild Wild West

WATCH: Virtual Humans In The Wild Wild West | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Have you ever had a conversation with a computer that wasn't one-sided?
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TechCrunch | Can President Obama Drive A Sphero Robotic Ball? Yes He Can! [Video]

TechCrunch | Can President Obama Drive A Sphero Robotic Ball? Yes He Can! [Video] | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Sphero is a clever little gadget. It's instantly addictive made possible by an incredibly intuitive control scheme. In short the little robotic ball is controlled by simply drawing on the connected smartphone's screen.
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Latitude-Robots-at-School-Findings.pdf

From our recent work with children, we know that young people instinctively expect technology to respond to them in very human-like ways—to motivate and empower them, often serving as a sort of companion, rather than merely a tool for solving specific problems. While many adults think about technology as separate from humanness, kids tend to think of it as fundamentally human. It comforts us; it keeps us company; it helps us learn and grow; and, in some cases, it can fulfill certain emotional needs more reliably than other people.

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Jerry the Dog and the Fetch Machine

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Don’t have time to play with your dog? This dog’s human got creative and invented an automatic fetch machine that pitches tennis balls for the dog to chase.
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Robotic Prison Guards Tested In South Korea [VIDEO]

Robotic Prison Guards Tested In South Korea [VIDEO] | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Three robotic prison guards are being tested at a prison in the South Korean city of Pohang.
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