The Social Robot as 'Charismatic Leader': A Phenomenology of Human Submission to Nonhuman Power

  title={The Social Robot as 'Charismatic Leader': A Phenomenology of Human Submission to Nonhuman Power},
  author={Matthew E. Gladden},
Abstract. Much has been written about the possibility of human trust in robots. In this article we consider a more specific relationship: that of a human follower’s obedience to a social robot who leads through the exercise of referent power and what Weber described as ‘charismatic authority.’ By studying robotic design efforts and literary depictions of robots, we suggest that human beings are striving to create charismatic robot leaders that will either (1) inspire us through their display of… Expand
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