Countdown to Valentine’s Day: When Your Wingman Is A Robot

Here’s the modern “wingman” you never knew you needed.

We often need a friend to give us a boost of confidence in the dating scene. What if you had a friend 24/7 to counsel you? A new study used a robot to listen to participants talk about their dating experiences. “Travis” the robot would offer up advice and support. Meanwhile, doctors controlled the robot remotely to react to their confessions while offering a reaction through body language and statements of support both positive and negative.

Afterwards, participants talked to potential romantic mates and those with positive feedback from Travis had much more success than those with negative responses.