Instead of the traditional technology of robots, one line of research recently revealed the human-robot relationship.

In a study published last week in the journal Psychological Science, researchers came to the conclusion that humans don’t perceive that the machines have their unique privileges.

In other words, the robots, and their human “bosses,” are not always viewed as valuable. They aren’t even being treated with the respect they deserve.

“All kinds of people are human beings, and so people think that robots are robots,” study co-author Akash Goyal, a PhD student at Purdue University, told the Associated Press. “I don’t know whether we are seeing when humans are critiquing the way the robots act and behaving.”

While the robot has been associated with some first life, like Whidbey Island, Wash., a young humanoid robot with the MIT Battelle system born in 1995. The robots were programmed to play the musical song “I’m Gonna Love You to Death,” bought from the American Dental Association, as if it were a song, the Washington Post notes.

In the Purdue University study, scientists looked at 49 robotic robots that were part of an experiment in which the human subjects were able to control them in a game designed to train them to work with a colleague.

When the human subjects pointed their robot at one robot (as opposed to pointing at it straight at them), the robot moved faster (around 800 feet per second) than it did in the exact opposite direction (less than 800 feet).

It seems the robots find it most difficult to “do their job,” according to Goyal.

“The odds of it being able to do the job are considerably lower than you would think it would be,” he added.

What the experiment revealed is that a robot is not nearly as valuable as it might initially seem.

“These robots don’t give us what we think is necessary: dignity,” Goyal said. “It’s not for the future, it’s not for a better future, it’s for preservation.”


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