Do Trash Can Robots Dream of Garbage?

Most people probably don’t imagine how a trash can feel when they toss a banana peel or crumpled kleenex into its gaping maw. But a robotic trash can managed to convince at least some people in a Stanford University cafeteria that it wanted to be fed garbage.

Stanford University researchers built the remotely-controlled robot in order to test how humans reacted to it in a more natural setting outside of a laboratory. Several groups of people willingly tossed their trash into the trash can

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