Thursday, 16 August 2018

Children "at risk of robot influence"

quote [ The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were. The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues as the machines became more pervasive, said researchers. ]

The Robot is your Friend.

Professor of robotics, Tony Belpaeme, who led the research, said: "People often follow the opinions of others and we've known for a long time that it is hard to resist taking over views and opinions of people around us. We know this as conformity. But as robots will soon be found in the home and the workplace, we were wondering if people would conform to robots.

"What our results show is that adults do not conform to what the robots are saying. But when we did the experiment with children, they did. It shows children can perhaps have more of an affinity with robots than adults, which does pose the question: what if robots were to suggest, for example, what products to buy or what to think?"
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+5 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@8:15amGMT]


midden said @ 10:46am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:3 Good]
7 said @ 10:06am GMT on 16th Aug
It is interesting to note how robots are portrayed in film. I can’t think of a film that has an evil robot that does not have a protagonist robot. If there is one, it is probably a much older film. Generally robots are now more often portrayed as the underdog, a symbol for minorities, slaves, and the working class. If they are a bad robot, it is the fault of an evil human.

I don’t think this is a conspiracy as much as it is hack writing, but it probably does have an effect on the viewer. It’s unquestionable that younger people are more trusting of technology in general.
midden said @ 10:55am GMT on 16th Aug
Off the top of my head:
2001 A Space Odyssey (Yes, a computer, not a robot)
The Matrix (computers and robots)
Saturn 3

But you are right in that most of them tend to be older films. Now a days, if you've got one evil robot, you've probably also got a good robot.

7 said @ 2:25pm GMT on 16th Aug
I haven’t seen Hardware, Screamers or Saturn 3. The Matrix is probably the best example of old-school evil robots. The others you listed fall under the ‘essentially good robot, but exploited by humans and forced to be evil’.
backSLIDER said @ 2:53pm GMT on 16th Aug
Short circuit, robocop, terminator, lost in space
backSLIDER said @ 2:51pm GMT on 16th Aug
My favorite tinpot conspiracy is that corporations are basically AI that use humans as cogs in the mechanisms. And now they are influancing a pro AI theme on the public. They don't think the same way we do so we can't say they are doing it on purpose but the ones that do are creating a better environment for themselves and therefore for the cogs that get along with it.
Paracetamol said @ 5:39pm GMT on 16th Aug
+1 for thumbjoke

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