Researchers Take Water-Hauling Robot to Rural India and Study the Villagers’ Reactions

Published by , March 12, 2018 2:08 pm

(SpectrumIEEE) Researchers recently presented a study where they took a water hauling robot to a village in rural India. The wild here isn’t just about remoteness and lack of infrastructure—it’s also about the fact that none of the people in this study had ever seen a real robot of any kind before.
HRI in rural settings is a hugely unexplored research area where social robots could potentially be used to create a positive impact for the wider community rather than a privileged few in the developed world.Among other findings, one hundred percent of the participants perceived the robot as being alive, attributing aliveness to the movement and speech of the robot, for example two of them said “Without being alive, how can it talk?”.

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