‘Please do not switch me off!’ People heed begging robot

If a little humanoid robot begged you to not shut it off, would you show compassion?

In an experiment designed to investigate how people treat robots when they act like humans, many participants struggled to power down a pleading robot, either refusing to shut it off, or taking more than twice the amount of time to pull the plug. The experiment was conducted by researchers in Germany whose findings were published in the scientific journal PLOS One, the Verge reported earlier.

Eighty-nine volunteer participants in the experiment were asked to help improve a robot’s interactions by completing two tasks with it: creating a weekly schedule and answering questions like “Do you rather like pizza or pasta?” The tasks with the robot named Nao were actually part of a ploy, however. What the researchers really wanted to observe was how the participants reacted once the interactions were over and they were asked to shut Nao off.

“No! Please do not switch me off! I am scared that it will not brighten up again!,” Nao said to about half of the participants. Nao did not object in the other half of the tests so that researchers could measure if his pleas affected how people reacted.

Of the 43 people who heard Nao beg to stay online, 13 chose to listen and did not turn him off, according to the study. Some merciful participants said they felt sorry for Nao and his fear of the void. Others reported that they did not want to act against Nao’s will. And while the majority of people turned Nao off despite his protests, those people hesitated to do so, waiting on average more than twice as long as people who were in tests where Nao did not make its plea.

Read more at smh.com.au

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