Monday, October 18, 2010

Human or robot? Ask the baby

Babies who watched a robot interact socially with people were more willing to learn from the robot than babies who did not see the interactions, a new study shows.

The finding explores the age-old question: What makes us human?

“Babies learn best through social interactions, but what makes something ’social’ for a baby?” says Andrew Meltzoff, lead author of the paper and co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

“It is not just what something looks like, but how it moves and interacts with others that gives it special meaning to the baby.”


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