Blurring Human–Machine Distinctions: Anthropomorphic Appearance in Social Robots as a Threat to Human Distinctiveness

@article{Ferrari2016BlurringHD,
  title={Blurring Human–Machine Distinctions: Anthropomorphic Appearance in Social Robots as a Threat to Human Distinctiveness},
  author={Francesco Ferrari and M. Paladino and J. Jetten},
  journal={International Journal of Social Robotics},
  year={2016},
  volume={8},
  pages={287-302}
}
The present research aims at gaining a better insight on the psychological barriers to the introduction of social robots in society at large. Based on social psychological research on intergroup distinctiveness, we suggested that concerns toward this technology are related to how we define and defend our human identity. A threat to distinctiveness hypothesis was advanced. We predicted that too much perceived similarity between social robots and humans triggers concerns about the negative impact… Expand
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