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Submission + - How do people respond to being touched by a robot? (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: You know it's coming, and for the forever-alone crowd, not soon enough: Robots that physically interact with humans. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found in a study that people generally had a positive response toward being touched by a benevolent robotic nurse, but that their perception of the robot's intent made a significant difference. "Even though the robot touched people in the same way," said a team lead, "if people thought the robot was doing that to clean them, versus doing that to comfort them, it made a significant difference in ... whether they found that contact favorable or not."
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How do people respond to being touched by a robot?

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