Robots have power to significantly influence children's opinions

Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to Science Daily.

The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both their peers and humanoid robots.

It showed that while adults regularly have their opinions influenced by peers, something also demonstrated in previous studies, they are largely able to resist being persuaded by robots.

The perks of having a pet

Study finds people who have animals at home are happier, wealthier, and get more exercise

Having pets really is good for your well-being.

A new study of dog and cat owners over the age of 55 found that those who have an animal companion tend to be happier, more successful, and exercise more.

Experts say the seemingly minor physical aspects of pet ownership, from taking walks to cleaning up after them, can go a long way – and, these bonds boost the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain, according to Daily Mail.

The study surveyed 1,000 dog and cat owners.

And, they found a number of trends among those with pets.

The AI that can predict your personality simply by looking into your eyes

Artificial intelligence is about to get a lot better at working out human behavior.

Researchers have revealed an AI the can predict your personality just by looking at your eyes, according to Daily Mail.

Researchers say minute movements give away four of the Big Five personality traits: neuroticism, extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.

The team say the work could revolutionise how we communicate with machines.

Your earliest memories could be FAKE

Anything you can recall before the age of two is likely to be fictional because it's too early in your brain's development, scientists claim

 If your earliest memory took place before your second birthday – it's probably fictional, researchers claim.

According to the latest findings, around 40 per cent of us mistakenly believe we remember an event from our first two years, according to Daily Mail.

However, these recollections were likely created after seeing photos or hearing recollections from others, scientists say.

In the largest ever study on early memory, 6,641 people were questioned about their first recollection.

Emotional robot lets you feel how it's 'feeling'

Cornell University researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express "emotions" through changes in its outer surface. The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings.

Assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Guy Hoffman, who has given a TEDx talk on "Robots with 'soul'" said the inspiration for designing a robot that gives off nonverbal cues through its outer skin comes from the animal world, based on the idea that robots shouldn't be thought of in human terms, according to Science Daily.