Robo-identity: Exploring artificial identity and multi-embodiment

Minha Lee, Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, Ilaria Torre, Michal Luria, Ravi Tejwani, Matthew J. Dennis, Andre Pereira

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Interactive robots are becoming more commonplace and complex, but their identity has not yet been a key point of investigation. Identity is an overarching concept that combines traits like personality or a backstory (among other aspects) that people readily attribute to a robot to individuate it as a unique entity. Given people's tendency to anthropomorphize social robots, "who is a robot?"should be a guiding question above and beyond "what is a robot?"Hence, we open up a discussion on artificial identity through this workshop in a multi-disciplinary manner; we welcome perspectives on challenges and opportunities from fields of ethics, design, and engineering. For instance, dynamic embodiment, e.g., an agent that dynamically moves across one's smartwatch, smart speaker, and laptop, is a technical and theoretical problem, with ethical ramifications. Another consideration is whether multiple bodies may warrant multiple identities instead of an "all-in-one"identity. Who "lives"in which devices or bodies? Should their identity travel across different forms, and how can that be achieved in an ethically mindful manner? We bring together philosophical, ethical, technical, and designerly perspectives on exploring artificial identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2021 - Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382908
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021
Event16th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021
Conference number: 16


Conference16th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021
Abbreviated titleHRI 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This workshop is partially supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research project FACT (GMT14-0082), KTH Digital Futures, the 4TU Humans & Technology research center, and the National Science Foundation, grant SES-1734456.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Owner/Author.


  • Artificial identity
  • Embodiment
  • Migratable ai
  • Robo-identity


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