While AIs and robots, like SoftBank’s Pepper and Microsoft’s Tay, are trying to connect with humans emotionally, a team of researchers at Stanford are focusing on how to build robots that respond to something more physical: touch. Technically speaking, touch is also a part of what it means to be emotionally connected – think of getting a hug when you’re sad, or gently touching someone’s hand when they’re telling a difficult story. To learn more about how humans and robots respond to each other’s touch, the team programmed a robot to ask humans to touch 12 different parts of its body, which is wired…

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