To Survive the Streets, Self-Driving Cars Have to Start Thinking Like Humans

NEXT TIME YOU’RE driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist.

For robots to work with people, they must understand people | The Economist

TUTHILL PLASTICS GROUP, an injection-moulding company in Florida, recently welcomed a new team member to its factory. From his first day on the job he performed the repetitive tasks required of him with dexterity, working comfortably alongside longtime employees.

4 Things Robots Need to Learn Before Working With Humans | WIRED

THE ROBOTS ARE coming. And really, in some ways, they’re already here. If you’ve ever tripped over a robot vacuum, you’ve actually waded into the fascinating frontier that is human-robot interaction. If humans are at all going to get along with increasingly sophisticated robots, we need to figure out how we’re going to interact with them, and in turn they’ll need to adapt to us.

Are we ready for robot relationships?

Companion robots designed to interact, assist and socialise with humans are a growing focus of the robotics industry. While some developers are looking to create innovative caregiving solutions to help ageing populations, others are delving into equally controversial territory – such as the creation of human-like sex robots. Can advanced technology really improve living standards or alleviate loneliness?

Emotional computers really freak people out — a new take on the uncanny valley

New research shows that AIs we perceive as too mentally human-like can unnerve us even if their appearance isn’t human, furthering our understanding of the ‘uncanny valley’ and potentially directing future work into human-computer interactions.

People will lie to robots to avoid hurting their feelings, study says

If a robot has enough human characteristics people will lie to it to save hurting its feelings, a study has shown.

The study, which explored how robots can gain a human’s trust even when they make mistakes, pitted an efficient but inexpressive robot against an error prone, emotional one and monitored how its colleagues treated it.

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