To kill a mockingbird robot

C. Bartneck, M.N.C. Verbunt, O. Mubin, A. Al Mahmud

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    Robots are being introduced in our society but their social status is still unclear. A critical issue is if the robot's exhibition of intelligent life-like behavior leads to the users' perception of animacy. The ultimate test for the life-likeness of a robot is to kill it. We therefore conducted an experiment in which the robot's intelligence and the participants' gender were the independent variables and the users' destructive behavior of the robot the dependent variables. Several practical and methodological problems compromised the acquired data, but we can conclude that the robot's intelligence had a significant influence on the users' destructive behavior. We discuss the encountered problems and the possible application of this animacy measuring method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2007) 8-11 March 2007, Arlington, Virginia, USA
    Place of PublicationNew York, New York, USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-59593-617-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Eventconference; HRI 2007, Arlington, Virginia, USA; 2007-03-08; 2007-03-11 -
    Duration: 8 Mar 200711 Mar 2007


    Conferenceconference; HRI 2007, Arlington, Virginia, USA; 2007-03-08; 2007-03-11
    OtherHRI 2007, Arlington, Virginia, USA


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