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Liar Robot

4 minutes

How do you get a robot to seem more like a human? You make it a liar robot

Popular culture is awash in stories of humanoid robots gone wrong. As we transition to a world where human-robot interactions are part of everyday life, how can we create robots we find trustworthy and that act more like us? According to Brian Scassellati, professor of computer science at Yale’s Social Robotics Laboratory, getting people to interact naturally with chunks of plastic is an ongoing challenge, but making them small-time cheats might actually be a good start.

Director: Liz Garbus

Producer: Liz Garbus, Karen K H Sim

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