Trusting robots but not androids

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Science  30 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6260, pp. 525-526
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6260.525-g

Robots that resemble humans often make people uncomfortable.


Robots collect warehoused books, weld car parts together, and vacuum floors. As the number of android robots increases, however, concerns about the “uncanny valley” phenomenon—that people dislike a vaguely human-like robot more than either a machine-like robot or a real human—remain. Mathur and Reichling revisited whether human reactions to android robots exhibit an uncanny valley effect, using a set of 80 robot head shots gathered from the Internet and a systematically morphed set of six images extending from entirely robot to entirely human. Humans did adhere to the uncanny valley curve when rating the likeability of both sets of faces; what's more, this curve also described the extent to which those faces were trusted.

Cognition 146, 22 (2016)

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