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Last Updated: Friday October 29 2004 19:40 GMT

Robots to learn 'robot manners'

Robots are having special lessons in manners to learn how to behave so they can mix better with humans.

By playing games like pass-the-parcel, scientists are trying to find out how future robot companions should react to people in social situations.

Experts hope the study will help humans develop a code for the way humans and robots interact together.

The work was on show at London's Science Museum and is part of the European Cogniron robotics project.

Scientists are also trying to find out human's ideas about robots including how they should look, and how a robot can learn new skills by copying humans.

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