Researchers find folks prefer small talk robots

Even if it’s not exactly as much of a surprise, a team of researchers from ATR Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan have found that more people are robots to accept if they are a little small talk during the talks, as opposed to leaving disturbing silence that the people of their intentions unclear. The researchers have also found that the 38 respondents, the majority were willing to accept delays in the response of one or two seconds, but that they much prefer if the robot threw in a “good” or “he” to bridge the gap too close when he, not for them to answer. Of course, as we all know, just because a robot shoots the breeze with you does not mean it is your friend, you should be careful what you wish for.

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