Sony’s Qrio, a humanoid robot, has been attending a Californian nursery school for the past three months where it plays with young children in a test designed to see if robots can “live in harmony with humans in the future.” The robot is accompanied to its classes by a researcher.
Qrio spends time each day with more than 10 toddlers at the nursery school located in San Diego. Qrio is always accompanied by a researcher, who is in charge of making sure everything goes smoothly. While the children were at first apprehensive about Qrio, they now dance with it and help it get up when it falls. “The children think of Qrio as a feeble younger brother,” researcher Fumihide Tanaka said. ‘
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the children involved with the study were initially apprehensive about Qrio but became used to it’s presence after a month and now dance with it and ‘help it get up when it falls’. They apparently think of it ‘as a feeble younger brother’.
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