Maria Håkansson in New Scientist Tech: Learning to love to hate robots

15 December, 2009 - 09:26

"Maria Håkansson at the Swedish Institute of Computer
Science in Stockholm recently ran a 10-month project to see how six
families got on with the Pleo robotic dinosaur, made by Innvo Labs in Nevada.

Pleo's
impressive behaviours, like responding to sounds or touch, led to
initially positive reactions. But niggles like battery life, and a
perception that it wasn't actually as capable of developing a
personality as claimed on the box undermined those impressions, says
Håkansson. Frustrated by seeing no evidence of learning, one person
declared: "Pleo was just as stupid as a week ago.""

Read the article in New Scientist Tech.