How robots are perceived from humans?

Universities attention is going to the introduction of new generations of robots in society. The cultural shift is enormous and research are trying to understand how robots are able to introduce themself in the human enviroment.

A team led by Sari Nijssen of Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Markus Paulus, Professor of Developmental Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, discovered the difficulties by the human beings to deal with the newcomers. What is moral, within our society rules, when relating with a robot?

Their work figures out the degree to which people show concern for robots:

 “Under what circumstances and to what extent would adults be willing to sacrifice robots to save human lives?”

articipants were faced with a hypothetical moral dilemma: Would they be prepared to put a single individual at risk in order to save a group of injured persons? In the scenarios presented the intended sacrificial victim was either a human, a humanoid robot with an anthropomorphic physiognomy that had been humanized to various degrees or a robot that was clearly recognizable as a machine

“This result indicates that our study group attributed a certain moral status to the robot. One possible implication of this finding is that attempts to humanize robots should not go too far. Such efforts could come into conflict with their intended function — to be of help to us.” Says Paulus

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. “Psychology: Robot saved, people take the hit.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 February 2019.