Dogs’ behavior could help design social robots

Designers of social robots, take note. Bring your dog to the lab next time you test a prototype, and watch how your pet interacts with it. You might just learn a thing or two that could help you fine-tune future designs. So says researchers who found that ‘man’s best friend’ reacts sociably to robots that behave socially towards them, even if the devices look nothing like a human.

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