Video: Groping a robot’s private parts turns humans on, a study found

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Fondling the bum or “genital areas” of a humanoid robot whose resemblance hovers between C-3PO and Wall-E triggers physiological arousal in humans.

Stanford University scientists used Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO human-shaped robot which was programmed to verbally instruct participants to touch 13 parts of its body. Human participants were fitted with an Affectiva Q-Sensor on the fingers of their non-dominant hand which measured skin conductance, a sign of physiological arousal, and reaction time. When instructed to touch the robot in areas that people usually do not touch, like the eyes or the buttocks, they were more emotionally aroused when compared to touching more accessible parts like the hands and neck.