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?

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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.

In nine studies,

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