A new study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand called “Robots And Racism” suggest that the association that people have to robots having a specific race leads to the stereotypes placed on white and black human-like robots, according to CNN Business. The study was based on the shades of technology that is given to physically human-like robots, such as the robots in Will Smith’s “I, Robot” and Eve from “Wall-E.”
Other examples include Honda’s Asimo, as well as NASA’s Valkyrie robot, to name only a few. Primarily all robots created with a human-like appearance are created white. The colors, according to the study, trigger social cues that tend to determine how people relate to the robots. “The bias against black robots is a result of bias against African Americans,” explained lead researcher Christoph Bartneck. The researchers for the study are working on creating conversation to end the racism against the robots so that the technology will have the ability to function as predetermined in society.