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Monday, April 22, 2013

Can robots be abused? How about Lego robots?

Can you abuse a robot? Is it bad if you do?

These interesting questions were pondered in a 2008 experiment that parallels the infamous Milgram Experiment in which volunteers were led into shocking a subject. It got participants to "abuse" a Lego MindStorms robot. "The results show that people have fewer concerns about abusing robots than about abusing other people" - which is good, I think.

I learned of this very odd experiment through the delightfully odd Improbable.com blog, which any thinking human should peruse reglarly. Read the item here.