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WeRobot 2015 Panel 1: “Who’s Johnny? (Anthropomorphizing Robots)”

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Published on Apr 29, 2015

Author: Kate Darling
Discussant: Ken Goldberg
Paper: http://bit.ly/1bxvbfR

As we increasingly create spaces where robotic technology interacts with humans, our tendency to project lifelike qualities onto robots raises questions around use and policy. Based on a human-robot-interaction experiment conducted in our lab, this paper explores the effects of anthropomorphic framing in the introduction of robotic technology. It discusses concerns about anthropomorphism in certain contexts, but argues that there are also cases where encouraging anthropomorphism is desirable. Because people respond to framing, framing could serve as a tool to separate these cases.

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