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One Litterer’s Trash is This Robot’s Teaching Tool

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The Sociable Trash Box robot (STB), from Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology, doesn’t pick up trash all by itself (and in fact, isn’t meant to, although robotic trash collectors could be another method for keeping the streets and sidewalks clean).

What it does do, however, is to induce kids to pick up garbage by using “interactive social cues and vocal interactions to build a social coupling with children.”

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