28 May '16, 1pm

Video Friday: Swarming UAVs, Perching RoboBees, and Skydiving Kamigamis

When the robot approached lone individuals, they helped it enter the building in 19 percent of trials. When Booth placed the robot inside the building, and it approached individuals asking to be let outside, they complied with its request 40 percent of the time. Her results indicate that people may feel safety in numbers when interacting with robots, since the machine gained access to the building in 71 percent of cases when it approached groups. “People were a little bit more likely to let the robot outside than inside, but it wasn’t statistically significant,” Booth said. “That was interesting, because I thought people would perceive the robot as a security threat.” In fact, only one of the 108 study participants stopped to ask the robot if it had card access to the building. But the human-robot interactions took on a decidedly friendlier character when Booth disguised t...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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