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Robots Can Successfully Peer Pressure Children

“When they repeated the experiment with children between seven to nine years old, however, the children were heavily influenced by the robots” writes Laura Yan for popularmechanics.com. When the robots gave the right answers, the kids did too.In fact, 74 percent of the time children gave the wrong answer, they gave the same answer as the robot, word for word. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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Anki CEO: Consumer robots need personality to succeed

“First and foremost, unlike other “robots” like those from Sphero or even WowWee, Vector doesn’t need a smartphone to control it” writes Pete Pachal for mashable.com. Vector is another milestone for Anki, a company that’s had one of the most interesting stories in tech.After decades of lofty sci-fi-inspired promises, robots like iRobot’s Roomba vacuums and the many iterations of the Sony Aibo robodog are slowly carving out their places in our domestic lives. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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A helicopter for a head helps this bipedal robot walk with confidence

“First spotted by IEEE Spectrum, the Aerial-Biped is an interesting experiment in how to make life easier for walking robots” writes Aug Edt for theverge.com. The Aerial-Biped, a new robot designed by researchers from the University of Tokyo, uses something much more modern: a quadcopter.For humans, that might mean a walking stick, but for robots, you can get more creative. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

“T-Mobile said its new customer service system will direct people to a specific team of agents” writes Rachel Lerman for seattletimes.com. T-Mobile’s new customer service system has been in the works for years, Legere said.T-Mobile is getting rid of that robotic voice on its customer service lines, the company announced Wednesday.Currently, many customer service agents are graded based on how fast they can get people off the phone. “The system is rigged against them,” said T-Mobile chief operating officer Mike Sievert, and T-Mobile will get rid of it.Instead, customers will…

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‘Please do not switch me off!’: An experiment with a begging robot shows people hesitate to pull the plug

“In one prior experiment, researchers found that test subjects preferred interacting with robots with complementary personality traits to their own” writes Hamza Shaban for washingtonpost.com. The experiment was conducted by researchers in Germany whose findings were published in the scientific journal PLOS One, the Verge reported this month.If a little humanoid robot begged you not to shut it off, would you show compassion?.  Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Robots ruin the fun of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ with facial recognition

“But the key element to its puzzle-solving mastery is the camera enables the robot’s facial recognition abilities” writes Jess Joho for mashable.com. Maybe the final straw is when they start ruining our childhoods, as the There’s Waldo robot seems determined to do. But if it keeps actual knives out of the hands of robots, let There’s Waldo have its fun.There’s Waldo robot consists of a robot arm that’s powered by a Raspberry Pi computer chip. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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AI robot arm scans Where’s Wally books in seconds

“A robot with the sole purpose of picking out the elusive Wally’s face in a crowd has been built” writes Staff Reporter for independent.co.uk. Designed by creative agency Redpepper the robot uses artificial intelligence software to recognise Wally in a crowd of other fictional faces and then uses a robotic arm to point him out.Matt Reed, the creative technologist at Redpepper, told The Verge: “I got all of the Waldo training images from Google Image Search; 62 distinct Waldo heads and 45 Waldo heads plus body. “I thought that wouldn’t…

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Robots are getting more social, but humans may not be ready

“Social robots trace their lineage back to an interactive humanoid head named Kismet, which Breazeal built in an MIT lab in the 1990s” writes Associated Press for nypost.com. Many researchers say social robots hold great promise in helping an aging population.Hopes for social robots keep outpacing reality.Worse, they’re so far losing out to immobile smart speakers made by Amazon, Apple and Google, which cost a fraction of what early social robots do and which are powered by artificial-intelligence systems that leave many robots’ limited abilities in the dust.It was pitched…

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Meet Vector, Anki’s charming new robot

“At the $249 retail price, you will get the Vector robot, a charging base, and an interactive cube” writes Jake Krol for mashable.com. With this robot, Anki learned a lot about AI and built its knowledge database.More specifically, a 30-day campaign that will wrap on Sept. 30 gives those early customers a 20 percent discount on the $249 price.Vector will officially debut on Oct. 12 for $249 for one robot, a charging base, and an interactive cube.Vector is not a toy but rather a joyful, smart home robot — and…

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