Study finds dogs obey robot orders

Dogs have an amazing talent for understanding human social behavior, and they can obey human orders, but what if they are given instructions not by real humans but by robots that represent humans? Will dogs obey the robot’s orders?

At the ACM/IEEE International Conference On Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020), researchers at Yale University’s Social Robotics Lab tested how dogs responded to instructions from robots.

Thirty-four dogs took part in the experiment, and the researchers used the same voice to call the dog’s name through speakers and robots to see if they could attract the dog’s attention. The speakers and the robot then try to interact with the dog’s guardian and become familiar with the dog, then issue instructions to ask the dog to sit down.

The results showed that dogs paid far more attention to robots than speakers, and dogs were more likely to follow the robot’s orders and sit down. Researchers believe that robots may indeed be able to command dogs instead of humans.                     

Study finds dogs obey robot orders