Hardware companions?: what online AIBO discussion forums reveal about the human-robotic relationship

@inproceedings{Friedman2003HardwareCW,
  title={Hardware companions?: what online AIBO discussion forums reveal about the human-robotic relationship},
  author={Batya Friedman and Peter H. Kahn and Jennifer Hagman},
  booktitle={CHI '03},
  year={2003}
}
In this study, we investigated people's relationships with AIBO, a robotic pet, through 6,438 spontaneous postings in online AIBO discussion forums. Results showed that AIBO psychologically engaged this group of participants, particularly by drawing forth conceptions of technological essences (75%), life-like essences (49%), mental states (60%), and social rapport (59%). However, participants seldom attributed moral standing to AIBO (e.g., that AIBO deserves respect, has rights, or can be held… 

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