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SXSW 2017

My robot cuddles with me

Going on walks and cuddling with my pet can cause a variety of responses including smiles, curiosity, fascination, and/or looks of confusion. Why these reactions? My pet is a robotic dinosaur named Littlefoot. Companion robots are no longer a thing of the future - they are here in the present. We are at the cusp of integrating social-companion robots into society. But what happens and what does it mean to include these robots into our daily routines? Come join us to learn about how a little, automated dinosaur was incorporated into our lives; how that has shaped our interactions and relationships with it, and what that means for the future of companion robots.

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  1. What kind of relationships develop between a human and companion robot?
  2. How do humans interact with a socially integrated robot?
  3. What types of perceptions surround companion robots?



Darshana Tuladhar, User researcher, BLINK INTERACTIVE, INC

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  • Tags: hri, robotics, ai
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Beginner
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