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Robot Ethics 2.0From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence$
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Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and Ryan Jenkins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190652951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190652951.001.0001

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“Who’s Johnny?” Anthropomorphic Framing in Human–Robot Interaction, Integration, and Policy

“Who’s Johnny?” Anthropomorphic Framing in Human–Robot Interaction, Integration, and Policy

(p.173) 12 “Who’s Johnny?” Anthropomorphic Framing in Human–Robot Interaction, Integration, and Policy
Robot Ethics 2.0

Kate Darling

Oxford University Press

People have a tendency to project lifelike qualities onto robots. As we increasingly create spaces where robotic technology interacts with humans, this inclination raises ethical questions about use and policy. An experiment conducted in our lab on human–robot interaction indicates that framing robots through anthropomorphic language (like a personified name or story) can impact how people perceive and treat a robot. This chapter explores the effects of encouraging or discouraging people to anthropomorphize robots through framing. I discuss concerns about anthropomorphizing robotic technology in certain contexts, but I argue that there are also cases where encouraging anthropomorphism is desirable. Because people respond to framing, framing could help to separate these cases.

Keywords:   robots, autonomous, ethics, morality, anthropomorphic, human–robot interaction, social, assistive, companion, android fallacy

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