What makes us want to say thank you to robots?

A user interacts with TEDxSadovoeRing speaker Yury Burov’s robot, Cubic

When robotics expert Yury Burov left his vacuuming robot to clean his apartment and came home to find it caught in a pile of cords, he felt bad for the robot. But why, he wondered, did he feel sympathy for something that he knew was — in the end — only a bunch of 1s and 0s?

This is what he explores in a talk at TEDxSadovoeRing, using examples culled from his work developing personal AI robots to look at how we connect emotionally with these machines, from saying, “Thank you,” when a robot turns on a light, to feeling bad when someone raises their voice at a robot.

Watch the whole talk below:

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