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Going out with a droid? A quarter of people haven't ruled out the idea of ​​a robot relationship


According to a new poll, about a quarter of people haven't ruled out the idea of ​​dating a robot, and the Dutch are the most accepting of the idea of ​​artificial love.

Researchers at the University of Twente used data from the EU-supported SIENNA project, which examines ethics and opinions on cutting-edge technology.

They surveyed 11,000 people and found that 27 percent either supported the idea of ​​dating a robot or had not ruled it out entirely, and 72 percent were completely against the idea of ​​a digital alliance.

In the Netherlands, support for someone who has a robot boyfriend or girlfriend rose to 53 percent, the highest of the 11 countries surveyed.

The Dutch research team's multinational telephone survey also found that people are uncomfortable with robots that look and act like humans.

According to a new poll, about a quarter of people haven't ruled out the idea of ​​dating a robot, and the Dutch are the most accepting of the idea of ​​artificial love

We get used to interacting with smart machines, from robotic vacuums to smart speakers that can control our lights to AI assistants in our phones.

Millions of people ask Siri, Alexa, or Google to help with their homework, compile the weather forecast, or reserve a table for dinner every day.

The developments and the shift towards a world dominated by robotics and artificial intelligence devices are already visible, the Dutch team explained.

When a robot tidies up the carpet in the living room, it's very different from taking you on a date or into the bedroom.

In all eleven countries, only 12 percent support the idea of ​​meeting a droid, 15 percent are on the fence, and 72 percent are totally against it.

People were asked how much they agreed or disagreed: "It is acceptable for people to have a robot as a romantic partner, that is a girlfriend or boyfriend."

The acceptance of the idea of ​​robots as romantic partners varies greatly from country to country, explained the authors.

The Netherlands accepted the most: 30 percent agreed that this was acceptable, 23 percent were undecided and 45 percent were totally against.

In Sweden, South Korea, the United States, South Africa, and Germany, more than 10 percent of respondents agreed with the idea of ​​a robot romance.

Greece, Poland, France, Spain, and Brazil are the countries that are the least supportive of robotic relationships – all with less than 10 percent agreement that this is a good idea.

Greece and Poland were the least likely to support people who go out with a robot at five percent, France and Spain at six percent and Brazil at eight percent.

Researchers at the University of Twente used data from the EU-supported SIENNA project, which examines ethics and opinions on cutting-edge technology

Researchers at the University of Twente used data from the EU-supported SIENNA project, which examines ethics and opinions on cutting-edge technology

In all the countries studied, people expect a rapid development of the ability of intelligent machines to understand and communicate with people and humans.

The survey found that 80 percent of those polled believed the AI ​​and robotics revolution would change their country significantly in the next 20 years.

Less than half were positive about the impact these machines had on their land, while a third were negative about the potential impact.

The Dutch and South Koreans were the most positive while the French were the least positive, the poll found.

The broader study also looked at the effects of artificial life, intelligent machines, and human-like robots on society.

More than half believed these technologies would result in them having less control over their lives, and only 13 percent expect more control.

In the Netherlands, support for someone who has a robot boyfriend or girlfriend rose to 53 percent, the highest of the 11 countries surveyed

In the Netherlands, support for someone who has a robot boyfriend or girlfriend rose to 53 percent, the highest of the 11 countries surveyed

Aside from love life, there were also concerns about human-like robots in the workplace, with just over half saying they didn't want to work with a bot.

"Most people accept robots and artificial intelligence, but they don't like the idea of ​​robots with human-like characteristics," said Philip Brey, project coordinator.

& # 39; We know the benefits of interacting with machines can be enormous. However, as we become more dependent on technology, we also lose some of our autonomy.

"If everyone does not have equal access to technology, we risk building an unequal society," said the professor of technology philosophy.

According to Brey, the survey results clearly show that people believe that an increase in inequalities is one of the risks these transformations pose to society, which could lead to a decrease in our individual autonomy.

"The data from these surveys gives an overview of what people know about technology and how they see both its benefits and its risks," he said.

The survey results are available from SIENNA.