Results indicate that current robot technology is surprisingly close to achieving autonomous bonding and socialization with human toddlers for sustained periods of time and that it could have great potential in educational settings assisting teachers and enriching the classroom environment.
The importance that touch played in our study is reminiscent of Harlow’s experiments [*] with infant macaques raised by artificial surrogate mothers. Based on those experiments, Harlow concluded that "contact comfort is a variable of overwhelming importance in the development of affectional response". Our work suggests that touch integrated on the time-scale of a few minutes is a surprisingly effective index of social connectedness. Something akin to this index may be used by the human brain to evaluate its own sense of social well being.
HUAR – Humans United Against Robots – was designed to educate and aware the citizenry of the world the impending attack that computers and robots will put into affect against humans. HUAR is the collection of human beings that spread the word of this opposing doom as well as doing what they can to help minimize the threat.
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