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Ethical considerations of (contextually) affective robot behaviour

Van Maris, A; Zook, N; Caleb-Solly, P; Studley, M; Winfield, A; Dogramadzi, S

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Authors

Nancy Zook Nancy.Zook@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Matthew Studley Matthew2.Studley@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Technology Ethics



Abstract

The use of social robots can bring many benefits, but raises ethical concerns as well. One of these concerns, emotional deception, was investigated in this research. First, affective robot behaviour is validated, followed by a user study to investigate the effect of story context and affective behaviour on user's affect, perception of the robot and acceptance of the robot. Results show that the implemented affective robot behaviours are perceived as intended, and that there is little influence of these affective robot behaviours on people's affect, perception of the robot and acceptance of the robot. It was found that story context has an influence on the was users interpret the emotion of the robot, where a somber context provided in a lower score for happiness. These results raise awareness to practically validate theoretically founded ethical concerns, as these concerns limit the future development and benefits of social robots.

Citation

Van Maris, A., Zook, N., Caleb-Solly, P., Studley, M., Winfield, A., & Dogramadzi, S. (2018). Ethical considerations of (contextually) affective robot behaviour. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards. https://doi.org/10.13180/icres.2018.20-21.08.002

Conference Name International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards
Conference Location Troy, NY
Start Date Aug 20, 2018
End Date Aug 21, 2018
Acceptance Date Jun 24, 2018
Publication Date Aug 21, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2021
Series Title Hybrid Worlds: Societal and Ethical Challenges. Proceedings of the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards
Book Title Proceedings of the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards
DOI https://doi.org/10.13180/icres.2018.20-21.08.002
Keywords Social Robots; Ethics; Affect; Context
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7229340
Publisher URL https://clawar.org/conference-proceedings/icres-conference/icres-2018-proceedings/

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