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A robot is easier to trust than human!

Will you trust and share what you feel with a robot?
Though it seems to be practically impossible, certain researchers with David DeSteno, a psychology professor at Northeastern University are of the opinion that it is very much (scientifically) possible. They observe that a lot of people connect with strangers more than with people whom they already know. They tend to decide with a handshake, expression, and body language whether they can trust the person or not.
DeSteno says, “People tend to mimic each other’s body language”. This helps people to understand what the other feels and they are immediately warned if they receive bad signals. The experiment involved people talking to a robot named Nexi, who was programmed with gestures while listening and speaking to participants. Through this interaction, one can access and observe one’s extent of trustworthiness. The gestures, movements, and expressions can be controlled which will further allow the researchers to observe the psychological working of the human brain.
The experiment starts with a small talk where the robot, Nexi, and the person (who is observed) have a conversation about various things. They then continue by playing an economic game called ‘Give Some’. They discuss economic transactions and evaluate the individual’s trust who has to lend the robot some money. The rules of the game are set according to a few standards that initiate analysing the subject’s behaviour.
Trust, being the most important factor of human interaction, needs to be evaluated and analysed in order to influence and make people aware of their own judgements towards other people. Such importance makes it a complicated interaction in which people unconsciously mimic each other and understand each other’s motives and intentions.
Akshara Palshetkar