Can an android persuade you?

Kohei Ogawa, Christoph Bartneck, Daisuke Sakamoto, Takayuki Kanda, Tetsuo Ono, Hiroshi Ishiguro

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Abstract

The first robotic copies of real humans have become available. They enable their users to be physically present in multiple locations simultaneously. This study investigates the influence that the embodiment of an agent has on its persuasiveness and its perceived personality. Is a robotic copy as persuasive as its human counterpart? Does it have the same personality? We performed an experiment in which the embodiment of the agent was the independent variable and the persuasiveness and perceived personality were the dependent measurements. The persuasive agent advertised a Bluetooth headset. The results show that an android is perceived as being as persuasive as a real human or a video recording of a real human. The personality of the participant had a considerable influence on the measurements. Participants who were more open to new experiences rated the persuasive agent lower on agreeableness and extroversion. They were also more willing to spend money on the advertised product.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeminoid Studies
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Technologies for Humanlike Teleoperated Androids
EditorsH. Ishiguro, F. Dalla Libera
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Chapter14
Pages235-247
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-8702-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-8701-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Android
  • HRI
  • Persuasion

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