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About a quarter of people have nothing against dating a robot, according to a new research.

Researchers from the University of Twente utilized data from the EU-backed SIENNA project that researches principles and beliefs surrounding cutting edge technology.

They investigated 11,000 people and discovered 27 per cent either favored the notion of dating a robot or did not really have anything against it and 72 per cent were completely opposed to it.

Support for having a robotic partner was about 53 percent in the Netherlands, this is the highest amongst all 11 countries surveyed.

The international telephone survey by the Dutch research committee also revealed that people were skeptical with robots that look and act like humans.

The advancements and transition towards a world led by robotics and artificial intelligence devices are already evident, explained the Dutch team.

But making a robot do the chores is different from going on a date with one.

Through all 11 countries just 12 per cent totally bought the idea of dating a droid, 15 per cent are sitting on the fence and 72 per cent are totally opposed to it.

People were inquired of how much they approved or opposed that ‘It’s acceptable if people have a robot as a romantic partner, that is a girlfriend or boyfriend’.

The variation by country is vast in terms of degrees of approval to the idea of having robots as romantic partners, the authors explained.

The Netherlands had the highest level of acceptance, with 30 per cent approving that this was reasonable, 23 per cent undecided and 45 per cent wholly disagreed.

Sweden, South Korea, the US, South Africa and Germany all had over 10 per cent of those investigated agreeing to the suggestion of a robotic romance.

Greece, Poland, France, Spain and Brazil had the least acceptance of robotic relationships -they had less than 10 per cent agreeing to the idea.

In all countries surveyed, people anticipate quick advancements in intelligent machine’s abilities to comprehend and relate as well as humans.

The survey revealed that 80 per cent of people surveyed believed that the AI and robotics revolution would reasonably transform their country over the next 20 years.

Less than half were optimistic about the influence that these machines might have on their country, while a third were pessimistic about the probable influences.

The broader study also assessed the significances of artificial life, intelligent machines and human-like robots on society.

Over half were of the impression that these technologies would cause them to have limited control over their lives, with only 13 per cent expecting to possess more control.

Romantic relationship aside, there was also question about human-like robots in the workplace, with only over half saying they don’t want to work with a bot.

‘Most people are accepting of robots and artificial intelligence, but they do not like the idea of robots with human-like features,’ said Philip Brey, project coordinator.

‘We know the benefits of interacting with machines can be enormous. However, as we increase our dependence on technology, we also stand to lose some of our autonomy.

‘Unless everyone has access to technology on the same terms, we risk building an unequal society’, the professor of philosophy of technology explained.

‘The data from these surveys give a snapshot of what people know about technology, and how they view both its benefits and risks’, he said.


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