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Robot drummer posts pictures of jamming sessions on Facebook

Dec, 20, 2017. London.The full paper. (University Queen Mary). IEEE scientific paper by Rupert Marquand
December 20, 2017

(Summary by ACM Technews):
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed Mortimer, a drumming robot that plays along with human keyboard players and posts pictures of the sessions on Facebook. Mortimer stems from a study examining how humans interact with robots over time, and how social media can enhance that relationship.
The researchers helped trigger a sense of believability by extending Mortimer's capabilities so it could take pictures during recording sessions and post them with a supporting comment to Facebook while also tagging the keyboard player.
The team found the time spent with the robot increased over the study, but session length for members in the group who were Facebook friends with Mortimer reduced over time. "There are signs of high engagement, such as high self-reported repeat interaction, across all participants that strengthen previous results about the use of music as a good base for improving long-term human-robot relationships," says Queen Mary professor Peter McOwan.

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