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Humans Appear Programmed to Obey Robots, Studies Suggest

Posted on February 21st, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Despite these caveats, the researchers write, the fact remains that, “A small, child-like humanoid robot had enough authority to pressure 46% of participants to rename files for 80 minutes, even after indicating they wanted to quit.”

And in what may be the most disturbing result, a number of the participants expressed concern the robot might be broken or malfunctioning—yet they didn’t stop working. “They followed a possibly “broken” robot to do something they would rather not do.”

  1. Isn’t the same psychology that which has lead to few air disasters? I mean believing the auto pilots when common sense says not to?

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