New Study Claims Racism Can Extend to Robots

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A new study, called “Robots And Racism,” was recently conducted by a laboratory in New Zealand. It suggests that racial bias impacts how people view robots. 

The study asserts that humans typically use social cues to form first impressions about other people in terms of age, gender, and race. Research reveals that people use these same social categories when forming impressions of robots. Implicit racial biases can substantially impact people’s behavior towards others, studies have found.
Research from the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab NZ) found that humans perceive robots with anthropomorphic features to have a race. Therefore, the racial prejudices humans experience are also extended to white and “Black” robots. 
The study was based on a shooter bias test, which asked participants to assume the role of a police officer, judge the threat levels of Black and white humans and robots based on split-second images, and make snap…

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