Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Robot Technology News  


Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















ROBO SPACE
Hollywood robots: Movie machines may boost robot acceptance
by Staff Writers
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 17, 2016


The most recalled robots included robots from Bicentennial Man; Forbidden Planet; I, Robot; Lost In Space; Star Wars; The Terminator; Transformers and Wall-E.

Remembering robots from film portrayals may help ease some of the anxiety that older adults have about using a robot, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study, older adults who recalled more robots portrayed in films had lower anxiety toward robots than seniors who remembered fewer robot portrayals, said S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.

The researchers, who presented their findings at the Human-Robot Interaction conference today (March 9), suggest that robot anxiety may influence older adults' perception of how easy it is to operate robots and their intentions of buying a robot. Finding ways to ease anxiety about robot adoption could help them accept robots as caregivers, they added.

"Increasingly, people are talking about smart homes and health care facilities and the roles robots could play to help the aging process," said Sundar. "Robots could provide everything from simple reminders - when to take pills, for example - to fetching water and food for people with limited mobility."

The most recalled robots included robots from Bicentennial Man; Forbidden Planet; I, Robot; Lost In Space; Star Wars; The Terminator; Transformers and Wall-E.

The effect seemed to hold even when older adults recalled robots that were not friendly human-like helper robots, he added.

"One of the most surprising results in general was the more robot portrayals they could recall, regardless of the robot's characteristics, actually led to more positive attitudes on robots and eventually more positive intentions to use a robot," said T. Franklin Waddell, a doctoral candidate in mass communications, who worked with Sundar. "So, it seems like the more media portrayals they can recall, the more likely their attitudes would be positive toward robots, rather than negative."

An example of a portrayal of a friendly helper robot might include C3PO from Star Wars, while the robot from Terminator may be an example of a threatening one.

According to the researchers, people also had a more positive reaction to robots that looked more human-like and ones that evoked more sympathy.

"The more sympathetic the participants felt toward the robot - for example, the robot in Wall-E - the more positive they felt toward robots," said Sundar. "So, Hollywood portrayal of sympathy makes a difference and Hollywood portrayal of humanness makes a difference. Both reduce anxiety toward robots."

Robot designers may want to incorporate features that remind older adults of robots in the media, according to the researchers. They should also create more human-like interfaces and ones that increase sympathy, which may ease apprehension toward the devices.

The researchers conducted a survey of 379 older adults - ages 60 to 86. They were asked to list up to three films they remembered watching that featured a robot. Of the 379, 160 remembered one robot film, 129 recalled two and 90 remembered three. The participants were then asked about their opinions on and feelings toward the robots that were recalled.

Eun Hwa Jung, a doctoral candidate in mass communications, also worked with Sundar and Waddell.

.


Related Links
Penn State
All about the robots on Earth and beyond!






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
ROBO SPACE
Some assembly required to boost robot ratings
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 16, 2016
Robot makers may want to follow Ikea's strategy for customer satisfaction and give people a chance to partially assemble their new robots to ease acceptance of the devices, according to Penn State researchers. Just like the way fans of the Swedish furniture manufacturer derive a sense of fulfillment when they help assemble their own furnishings, people who took part in a study on robot ass ... read more


ROBO SPACE
Researchers develop miniaturized fuel cell that makes drones fly more than 1 hour

Inside the Pentagon's Drone Proving Ground

Intelsat and L-3 demonstrate automatic beam switching for UAVs

White House to release data on drone strikes

ROBO SPACE
Research team documents design of wood-based polymers

Disney research takes depth cameras into high-accuracy 3-D capture

Eco-friendly tech could transform European aluminum industry by 2050

Ruby red improves in the microwave oven

ROBO SPACE
Quantum computer factors numbers, could be scaled up

Spinning better electronic devices

Artificial control of exciplexes opens possibilities for new electronics

Demystifying mechanotransduction ion channels

ROBO SPACE
Argentina could be involved in building Bolivian nuclear research center

Czech power group CEZ profit down on drop in prices, nuclear output

Energy giants call German nuclear phase-out 'expropriation'

AREVA JV to undertake Sellafield decommissioning work

ROBO SPACE
Trafficked Nepali, Bangladeshi women trapped in Syria

IS jihadists pull out of several Iraq towns: officers

Coalition bombs IS chemical sites after snaring 'emir'

Syria, Russia strikes kill 20 IS jihadists in Palmyra: monitor

ROBO SPACE
Long march in Bangladesh against Sundarbans power plant

China emissions goals less ambitious than 2015 cuts: plan

Europe 2030: Energy saving to become 'first fuel'

New model maps energy usage of every building in Boston

ROBO SPACE
Creation of Jupiter interior, a step towards room temp superconductivity

Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into batteries

Hundred million degree fluid key to fusion

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery

ROBO SPACE
China's ambition after space station

Sky is the limit for China's national strategy

Aim Higher: China Plans to Send Rover to Mars in 2020

China's lunar probe sets record for longest stay




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News








The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.