In order to study the effects of robot and human interactions, the University of Western Sydney MARCS Robotics Lab recently launched an innovative program in which willing parents can adopt robots and raise them as their own.
According to the Sydney Mornin Herald, the robotics devices are not unlike human children, as they have limited intelligence and motor skills, stated the news provider. Most devices will only exhibit the basic functions of rolling around the floor and automatically righting themselves once they run into an obstacle.
According to researchers with the program, the interactions will either be peaceful cohabitation or general indifference.
''We want to see if the novelty wears off after 10 days,'' engineer Damith Herath told the media organization.
However, researchers and the general population both believe that robotics will play an increasingly important role in daily human life. Therefore, program officials hope to see human hosts warming up to the automated devices after the six-month pilot ends.
Some people may be elated to find more robots in store for the world. Recently, a paralyzed Japanese man was able to explore a historic French landmark with the help of a robotic suit that powered him up the hilly terrain, reported the Agence France-Presse.