Published on October 18th,2010 at 1:43 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Babies See Robots as Sentient, UW Lab Study Shows

Babies See Robots as Sentient, UW Lab Study Shows

Appearing last week on Popular Science is an article about a University of Washington I-LABS study regarding babies’ perceptions regarding sentient beings and mere objects.

Babies can tell the difference between a swiveling chair and a swiveling head on a person, and only follow the gaze of a person, the article says; indeed, babies in a control experiment only followed Morphy‘s gaze three out of sixteen times, whereas babies who first watched a ninety-second skit between Morphy the silver metal humanoid robot and researcher Rechele Brooks followed the robot’s gaze at a nearby toy thirteen out of sixteen times.

The study claims these results mean babies believe a silver robot has psychological agency only if he or she had previously seen the robot interacting with a human. Brings new material to the age-old debate: What is sentience?

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Babies See Robots as Sentient, UW Lab Study Shows
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  • http://www.comtrya.com toyNN

    *Sigh* and I work at the UW too….My tax dollars at work proving that PhD’s can trick a baby.

 

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