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Why People Are Weirded Out By Touching Robot Butts - Newsy

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Transcript: Stanford University has an answer for a question you probably never thought to ask: Nope. Humans aren't too keen on touching robot butts. Researchers wanted to learn more about the physical interaction between humans and robots, so they asked participants to follow a simple set of prompts given by a humanoid robot. "Please touch my buttocks. ... This is the buttocks. It's referred to as the gluteal region," said the researchers' robot. Not only did the participants hesitate to touch areas like the buttocks and eyes, they became emotionally aroused when they did — in other words, it made them anxious. There's quite a bit of research on how human-to-human touch is used to communicate and build trust, but there's far less research on human-to-robot touch. That lack of information is what sparks studies like this one. In fact, robots and butts have been researched before — it wasn't long ago we were introduced to Shiri, a robotic buttocks that "expresses various emotions with organic movements of the artificial muscles." In the end, the Stanford researchers say their study suggests humans will respond similarly regardless of whether they're touching another human or a robot: "Social conventions regarding touching someone else's private parts apply to a robot's body parts as well." Sources: American Association for the Advancement of Science http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/ica-tar033116.php Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/05/14/meet-shiri-the-freakishly-realistic-robotic-buttocks/#255b4b396794 Aldebaran Robotics https://youtu.be/aYPAy5kwGX0 ------------------------------------- Newsy is your source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, we strive to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy delivers the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. See more at http://www.newsy.com/ Like Newsy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newsyvideos/
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Ianchez (3 years ago)
This are good news for the developmen of future sexual bots.
Theban Ned Greenman (3 years ago)
It is the sort of thing that Elton John might get at Christmas.
Keith Adrian Nolido (3 years ago)
Jj Ek (3 years ago)
Why do you gotta touch a robot's ass to get a lesson on the buttocks, it doesn't even have one. its got servos.
There are better science to report than this
Bose-Einstein (3 years ago)
I thought this was a joke when I first saw the study.
Matt Ward (3 years ago)
people are hesitant because it's a pretty strange thing for a robot to ask

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