Social Robots and Digital Well-Being: How to Design Future Artificial Agents

Matthew Dennis (Corresponding author)

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Value-sensitive design theorists propose that a range of values that should inform how future social robots are designed. This article explores a new value: digital well-being, and proposes that the next generation of social robots should be designed to facilitate this value in those who use these machines. To do this, I explore how the morphology of social robots is connected to digital well-being. I argue that we need to decide whether tomorrow's social robots should be designed as embodied or disembodied. After exploring the merits of both approaches, I explore why there may be persuasive reasons why disembodied social robots could be better aligned with the value of digital well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalMind & Society
Issue number1
Early online date24 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


FundersFunder number
European Union's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme707404


    • Digital well-being
    • Disembodiment
    • Embodiment
    • Social robotics


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