People Think Differently Around Robots — Especially When They’re Mean

As prices drop and their functionality expands, you can expect to see humanoid robots in more places, including schools, airports, and hospitals. That’s made researchers curious how androids and their kin will influence human behavior. In a study published today, scientists found that meaner, colder robots can help people concentrate — and that could help us better understand human-robot relationships. The experiment, published in Science Robotics, was based on something called the Stroop…

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