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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Robots Persuasive?

An area we looked at in some detail.    Depends in part what we mean by 'robot'.  A physical representation of a person  or a screen image image.

Researchers explore what makes robots 'persuasive' to humans
by University of Toronto

The jelly bean experiment: PhD candidate Shane Saunderson conducted an exploratory study of persuasion strategies to observe which method would most influence a human’s decision. Credit: Shane Saunderson

A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering explores how robots persuade and build trust with humans. The research could guide the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the next generation of socially assistive robots to aid in health care and other fields.

"My research aims to uncover behaviours and approaches that cause robots to be more persuasive to people," says Shane Saunderson, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering. "That can manifest as body language, or verbal strategies to approach people."  ... "

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