If you do a quick Google search for ‘robot,’ you’ll be faced with a wall of white robots.
According to a recent study called “Robots and Racism,” human’s tendency to stereotype racial bias is seeping into the world of robotics.
Research by the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab in NZ found that the colors of a robot — white and black — have a social cue that results in how people interact with and respond to them.
The results suggest that people perceive robots with anthropomorphic features to have a race, and therefore, the same race-related prejudices that humans experience extend to robots, too.
The study’s findings were based on a shooter bias test, in which participants were asked to perceive threat level based on a split-second image of various black and white people, with robots occasionally popping up — it found that black robots that posed no threat were shot more than white ones.
“Robots and Racism” was led Dr. Christoph Bartneck, a professor at the HIT lab.