Robot racism?

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  1. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I'm a racist. My truck is black....but damn is it beautiful! ;)
     
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    Once you go black….
     
  4. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    This is ridiculous.

    This is almost as bad as the group of people saying that sex-robots are being raped because they can't give consent.
     
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    we're all pink and gooey inside
     
  6. Huntn macrumors demi-god

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    Some of you have completely missed the point especially the OP. This is about human psychology and how we relate to other people could effect our attitudes regarding mechanical devices. Now you can spend your time making fun of the article or take a moment to digest the following statement.

    These colors have been found to trigger social cues that determine how humans react to and behave toward other people and also, apparently, robots.
     
  7. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    again, if the robots were black plenty would cry racism
     
  8. Huntn macrumors demi-god

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    Would they?
     
  9. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    SURE AS hell think so
     
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    If I'm reading the charts right from the study, "Robots and Racism". The reaction times between a white and black robot shooter with an 850ms window in the first test is only 3ms and the accuracy rate is off by 0.005. When allowed only 630ms to react in the second test. The reaction time difference dropped to 1ms and accuracy gap is off by 0.011.

    With the unarmed group in test one of 850ms. The reaction time was off by 12ms and accuracy rate was 0.011 . With the unarmed group in test two of 630ms. The reaction time was off by 6ms and accuracy was off by 0.006.

    With only 163 accepted valid participants in the first test and only 131 accepted valid participants for the second. As I found no mention of a margin for error. I'll assume the margin of error is zero. That's an awfully tight margin of error for such a small sample size even with 128 stimulii. Especially a group sourced randomly online through Crowdflower.com.

    While I'm not saying people wouldn't necessarily bring their stereotypes over to robot appearance. Far more participants are needed for a conclusive study. Under controlled conditions.

    The reaction time differences and accuracy differences tended to be tighter between black and white robots than with black and white people. If the study is to be taken as conclusive. That would mean that while there may be racism towards black vs white robots. It is less likely to be an issue.
     
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    M'eh - very weak biases reported but if one multiplies that bias across large numbers of interactions they could mount up. You can imagine the implications for policing. One thing though: in previous research both white and black people showed bias against black people, particularly against young black males. This is about general cultural stereotypes, not power relationships per se.
     
  12. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    The same people that think this is ridiculous, are the same ones that complain about black superheros and mermaids.
     
  13. wardie macrumors 6502

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    The article is actually saying that we could use robot colour to work against racism by introducing diversity which then seems to resolve any human bias. “interestingly, introducing a new color of robot removed shooter bias tendencies entirely”
    So then let’s make all the robots non-human colours like blue and green etc. Depends whether we want robots to be human-like or not. That probably depends on their purpose...
     
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    Toilet seats are almost always white. Does it mean that society wants to degrade whites?
     
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    Are the robots racist, or are the people racist toward robots of a certain color?

    I'm less concerned about the latter.
     
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    It is all a matter of anthropomorphism and form v. function. We had an engineer who felt that he was wasting to much time running to the bathroom, so he developed a robot that would come to his desk to be relieved upon and then go away. The idea caught on and the company started to refine the design so that everyone could save time. But the robots were not made to look like people or animals or anything except the proper practical aesthetics for their intended application. And, of course, they were painted white, so that users could see that they were clean.

    And it all worked very nicely for several months, until some freak in software decided that they should be designed to express appreciation for being allowed to do their job. That just got a little too creepy.
     
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    Robot fetishism...
     
  18. mudslag macrumors regular

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    black don't crack


    plus, robots,

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    If robots get to the point where they require policing. We've probably gone too far with AI and making a human like robot.;)

    futurama_s03e09_14.jpg


    https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/was-this-the-first-robot-ever-arrested-1524686968
     
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    So the machine said thanks for ******** in me? Isn't that what some peon workers already feel like? lol.

    All jokes aside, Doesn't Japan make their robots look skinned to be Japanese? So how's that different? So are Japanese robots now a some form of racism because the skins don't represent other races?
     
  21. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    I think robots of a likeness to humans is the point here. Unless you think toilet seats fits that category. :p
     
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    There are some pornos that will make you think so. haha
     
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    This is stupid. You cannot be 'racist' to a robot as they are nothing more than lumps of metal and wires. You can't be racist to your television set or cell phone, so a robot is no different. We need to stop this nonsense of such questioning as it's total BS.
     
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    Are people racist against black cats?
     
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