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Do We Think That Machines Can Think?

Apparently, the answer is yes.  In this first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at RWTH Aachen University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study human interaction and perspective taking during human/machine interactions. The study found that at the neural cortical level during human/machine game play, there is a linear relationship between the ‘human-likeness’ of a robot and the degree to which the interaction is perceived to be human-human by the human participant.

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