Date: 2 weeks ago   Category: Health

Psychologists estimated readiness of people to kill robots


"The trolley problem" in relation to robots indicated danger of investment of cars with excess anthropomorphism.

suggests to choose the Known mental experiment from the field of ethics on what way to direct a heavy trolley - aside where it will inevitably kill one person, or in another where another will be the victim. In various versions "Trolley Problems" different combinations of the potential victims are considered: group of criminals or one innocent person, healthy person or group hopelessly patients, great surgeon or child and so forth. Professor of the Netherlands University of Nijmegen Rick van Baaren and his team put before volunteers a similar dilemma in relation to robots.

Really, robots are more and more deeply integrated into our life, and many of them become more and more anthropomorphous. And many other it is important to psychologists, sociologists to understand how our attitude towards them is formed and what depends on. The European scientists tell about it in article published in the Social Cognition magazine. During the first experiment participants solved "A trolley problem" in relation to people and robots, anthropomorphous and is not present. During the second stage psychologists considered what factors influence anthropomorphous perception of the robot.

"The more "human" perceives the robot - to be exact speaking, the big emotionality is attributed to the car, the our experimental are more rare agreed to sacrifice it", - one of authors of work Markus Paulus says. Perhaps, it is quite expected results, however scientists draw quite courageous conclusions, indicating the need of reasonable restrictions during creation of anthropomorphous cars. "Attempts "to humanize" robots should not go too far, - Markus Paulus says. - Otherwise they will create the conflict with their initial task - the help to people".

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