Children will increasingly come of age with personified robots and potentially form social and even moral relationships with them. What will such relationships look like? To address this question, 90 children (9-, 12-, and 15-year-olds) initially interacted with a humanoid robot, Robovie, in 15-min sessions. Each session ended when an experimenter… (More)
Robots will increasingly take on roles in our social lives where they can cause humans harm. When robots do so, will people hold robots morally accountable? To investigate this question, 40 undergraduate students individually engaged in a 15-minute interaction with ATR's humanoid robot, Robovie. The interaction culminated in a situation where Robovie… (More)
This conceptual paper broaches possibilities and limits of establishing psychological intimacy in HRI.
This paper discusses converging evidence to support the hypothesis that personified robots and other embodied personified computational systems may represent a new ontological category, where ontology refers to basic categories of being, and ways of distinguishing them.
This conceptual paper draws upon moral philosophy to broach the question: Are robots moral agents?
This conceptual paper provides design guidelines to enhance the sociality of human-robot interaction. The paper draws on the <i>Interaction Pattern Approach</i> in HRI, which seeks to specify the underlying structures and functions of human interaction. We extend this approach by proposing that in the same way people effectively engage the social world with… (More)
This research builds on the UbiComp vision of systems that do not do things <i>for</i> people but engage people in their computational environment so that people can do things for themselves better. In this investigation, we sought to make good on a proof-of-concept where people interact with a social robot whereby the robot helps people to be more humanly… (More)
Mounting evidence suggests that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) results from functional aberrations of the fronto-striatal circuitry. However, empirical studies of the behavioral manifestations of OCD have been relatively lacking. The present study employs a behavioral task that allows a quantitative measure of how alternative percepts are formed from… (More)
Will people keep the secret of a socially compelling robot who shares, in confidence, a "personal" (robot) failing? Toward answering this question, 81 adults participated in a 20-minute interaction with (a) a humanoid robot (Robovie) interacting in a highly social way as a lab tour guide, and (b) with a human being interacting in the same highly social way.… (More)