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Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia’s (Italian Institute of Technology) iCub robot has passed a non-verbal Turing test based on a human-robot interaction task to determine how well humans recognise human and non-human behaviour.
They found that specific features of human behavior, namely response timing, can be translated into the robot in a way that humans cannot distinguish whether they are interacting with a person or a machine.
The study has been published in Science Robotics journal and is the first step to understanding what kind of behaviour robots could exhibit in the future, considering the various possible fields of application – such as healthcare or manufacturing production line.
The research group is coordinated by Agnieszka Wykowska, head of IIT’s “Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction” lab in Genova, and grantee of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project titled “InStance”, which addresses the question of when and under what conditions people treat robots as intentional agents.
The research group focused on two basic features of human behaviour: time and accuracy when responding to external stimuli, characteristics that they had previously mapped to obtaining an…