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"Do a robot’s social skills and its objection discourage interactants from switching the robot off?" icon

Do a robot’s social skills and its objection discourage interactants from switching the robot off?

Building on the notion that people respond to media as if they were real, switching off a robot which exhibits lifelike behavior implies an interesting situation. In an experimental lab study with a 2x2 between-subjects-design (N = 85), people were given the choice to switch off a robot with which they had just interacted. The style of the interaction was either social (mimicking human behavior) or functional (displaying machinelike behavior)....

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