Trash-talking robot troll makes people worse at playing video games

Technology 19 November 2019 By Donna Lu Whatcha gonna do about it, buddy?Laura Lezza/Getty ImagesJust like human opponents, robots can get on our nerves while playing video games. Aaron Roth of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues found that the language a robot opponent used during a competitive game affected how well people…



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19 November 2019

By Donna Lu

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Whatcha gonna do about it, buddy?

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Just like human opponents, robots can get on our nerves while playing video games.

Aaron Roth of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues found that the language a robot opponent used during a competitive game affected how well people played. Negative comments from the robot caused humans to play less rationally.

The researchers used a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. It is equipped with cameras and microphones and can speak and move.

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