Sept. 11, 2018
A decade ago, psychologists introduced a group of kids to Robovie, a wide-eyed robot who could talk, play, and hug like a pro. And then, the researchers did something heartbreaking to Robovie! They wanted to see just how far kids’ empathy for a robot would go. What the researchers didn’t gamble on was just how complicated their own feelings for Robovie would get. Annie and Elah explore the robot-human bond.
I Spy, And The Closet
A fifteen-year-old study participant plays a game of I Spy with Robovie—and then watches as the robot is ordered into the closet. (Video courtesy of the HINTS lab at the University of Washington. Read the full study.)
Xavier Buys A Cup Of Coffee
Rachel Severson, assistant professor of psychology, University of Montana
Nathan Freier, principal program manager, Microsoft
Ryan Germick, principal designer, Google Doodles & Assistant Personality
Read about how Xavier stands in line.
People did not want to hit Frank the robot bug with a hammer. Here’s why.
This episode of Undiscovered was reported and produced by Annie Minoff and Elah Feder. Our senior editor is Christopher Intagliata. Original music by Daniel Peterschmidt. Fact-checking help from Michelle Harris. Our theme music is by I am Robot and Proud.