All In The (Robotic) Family: New Robots Aim to “Manipulate Your Emotions”

Friday, May 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

Update to the ongoing mission to establish an emotional connection between humans and robots.

Nicholas West
Friday, May 23, 2014

As the evolution of humanoid robots continues to quicken, it is forcing the question of whether or not we we will love our robotic overlords. Or, are they not “overlords” at all, but soon to be just part of the family?

Well-known transhumanists such as Ray Kurzweil have made their love affair with robots quite clear, despite some already negative economic impacts that robots are having on their human counterparts. One of the stated missions after all is to supposedly unburden humanity from all of the grunt work.

Beyond the economic and military concerns, the commitment to reverse engineer the human brain coupled with the exponential increase in computing power is forcing the discussion toward the social impact robotics will have. As you will read below, several studies already have been done which aim to assess whether humans can develop true emotional relationships with robots. Some show promise.

Newer robots are now being produced with the intention of manipulating emotional triggers by mimicking actions of the human autonomic nervous system – sweating, breathing and even developing goosebumps in response to social situations.

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