“Robots but social ones, right…?”

Working in science is awesome but sometimes, often at a party, it can be challenging to explain what it is that I do. I studied psychology and now work with, you know… “robots but social ones” as someone put it. Roughly two groups of people ask about my work and job, 1) those who are very interested in novel technology and psychology and 2) those who are scared this new technology is dangerous and “might steal their job”… or worse. I love talking about my job so always 1) explain as much as people find interesting and 2) reassure that robotic overlords might not happen soon (and that they probably will have an off-switch). In this post, you can read what I might say if you ask me at a party “so you work with robots, right…?”

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