Robots may be able to make humans bend to their will in a chilling vision of the future, a new study has found.
Scientists in Germany discovered that robots already have the power to manipulate people by being friendly and making humans "feel sorry" for them.
An experiment found that many people decided not to turn of a humanoid because it told them it was scared of the dark.
The groundbreaking research ruled that people tend to treat mechanoids in the same way they would treat another person – and struggle to be rude to them.
A study by a team at the University of Duisburg-Esssen found this means they can be guilt-tripped.