People find boxy talking robots humorous and engaging, which may make robotic technology more acceptable in everyday life, according to new research.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) scientists studied robotic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) deployed at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, which were equipped with voices with a distinctive local dialect, rather than a generic Norwegian voice.
NTNU's Roger A. Soraa said, "We found that these robots, which were not created to be social robots, were actually given social qualities by the humans relating to them."
Soraa said this quality helps people accept the robots, which he described as "emissaries of technologies."
From Norwegian SciTech News
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