Relationships with robots: Social AI surpasses humans in healthcare
What use are social robots in healthcare? Do they have a therapeutic benefit? Do patients liken them to their humanoid counterparts?
Australian researchers have attempted to answer some of these questions with a systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).
For the uninitiated, if a robot provides social interventions, such as education, it’s a social robot.
As the researchers point out, social robots are new phenomena, meaning mostly experimental studies so far. But they did find 27 RCTs.