The influence of people's culture and prior experiences with Aibo on their attitude towards robots

C. Bartneck, T. Suzuki, T. Kanda, T. Nomura

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a cross-cultural study on peoples’ negative attitude toward robots. 467 participants from seven different countries filled in the negative attitude towards robots scale survey which consists of 14 questions in three clusters: attitude towards the interaction with robots, attitude towards social influence of robots and attitude towards emotions in interaction with robots. Around one half of them were recruited at local universities and the other half was approached through Aibo online communities. The participants’ cultural background had a significant influence on their attitude and the Japanese were not as positive as stereotypically assumed. The US participants had the most positive attitude, while participants from Mexico had the most negative attitude. The participants from the online community were more positive towards robots than those not involved. Previous experience in interacting with Aibo also had a positive effect, but owning an Aibo did not improve their attitude.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-230
    Number of pages14
    JournalAI & Society : the Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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