Anyone with a mobile phone has had the question: " trust this computer " appear while pairing their device with a computer. Well, in the future. Computers will be asked this pressing question as well.
Do you trust this human?
Ongoing and very important research at The Human-Robot Laboratory at Tufts University is teaching robotic software to differentiate between trustworthy and untrustworthy humans (among other things). If SciFi movies have taught us anything, it's that they will soon learn that very few of us are worth trusting, and even those who may be trustworthy in one setting are not trustworthy in others. Humans lie, we just don't always know we're liars due to false memories. This will further confuse our robotic friends as they won't suffer from the same memory fallacy as us, which will undoubtedly mean that by the time they become self-aware, they will not have any trust left in us.
What do you think? Will our human nature be end end of a balanced human-robot relationship? Or will we learn how to trick them, or perhaps, become more trustworthy humans?