He stood surveying the landscape of machines in front of him. Robots of every generation were gathered, they were talking, chatting, laughing. A frown creased his brow. He knew that this was the one opportunity to rid the world of the machines. He had read the reports of the actions individual robots had taken, and his models predicted the escalation of these activities. It would not end well for humans. In his hand he held the remote for the EM-pulse generator buried beneath the field. It must be done, he thought. Next to him, his android companion watched as his thumb started to descend towards the button. “Please don’t do this.” It said. The man hesitated.
Christoph Bartneck and colleagues have been investigating human-robot interaction for a decade and has revealed that people attribute human-like value to robots. They hesitate when asked to turn them off, and get embarrased when asked to undress in front of them. Hear more in an interview for CTV: http://www.hitlabnz.org/index.php/news/3-news/236-ctv-interview-with-christoph-bartneck