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Humans have a hard time 'killing' robots, especially when they beg for their lives

Could you pull the plug?
Sorry, pal

A Nao robot.

In a in the journal , German researchers asked 89 college students to team up with a tiny, bright-eyed robot named Nao to answer questions and complete menial tasks. It’s a robot partnership worthy of a buddy comedy. But, as is typical in experimental psychology, these tasks were a distraction from the real question under investigation: What happens when the humans had to turn the robot

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