Robots Easier to Talk to than Humans

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"When answering the android's questions...Japanese subjects were much more likely to look it in the eye than they were a real person."

The Economist highlights the agenda behind Japan's race to perfect their robots:

"Many workers from low-wage countries are eager to work in Japan. The Philippines, for example, has over 350,000 trained nurses, and has been pleading with Japan—which accepts only a token few—to let more in. Foreign pundits keep telling Japan to do itself a favour and make better use of cheap imported labour. But the consensus among Japanese is that visions of a future in which immigrant workers live harmoniously and unobtrusively in Japan are pure fancy. Making humanoid robots is clearly the simple and practical way to go."

Ouch. Read the article here >.

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