A field test conducted by the University of Massachusetts using simulations of mountain rescue operations by snowcat vehicles demonstrated that machines whose software was programmed to have a more fearful bias were quicker in some instances and were able to prioritise more effectively in dangerous situations.
Psychometric researcher Eva Hudlicka wanted to set up a scenario in which the robot does not have to calculate all eventualities from the outset, but is also not paralysed by irrational fear. The goal is to find out how the types of emotions and their intensity can affect cognition, i.e. the reorganisation of information by a system that is driven by behaviour. The researchers also aim to discover what happens when functions, which are triggered by a perceived threat win the upper hand.