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Assessing and addressing ethical risk from anthropomorphism and deception in socially assistive robots

Winkle, Katie; Caleb-Solly, Praminda; Leonards, Ute; Turton, Ailie; Bremner, Paul

Authors

Katie Winkle

Ute Leonards

Ailie Turton Ailie.Turton@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy



Abstract

In this paper we apply the recent concept of robot Ethical Risk Assessment to an exemplar Socially Assistive Robot (SAR); specifically considering ethical risks posed by anthropomorphism in this context. We draw on two complimentary studies to demonstrate that anthropomorphism is important to overall SAR function and overall relatively low ethical risk. As such, rather than avoiding anthropomoprhism all together (as suggested in a recently published standard on robot ethics), we suggest anthropomorphism in SARs should be a customisable trait that can be adapted to the user.

Citation

Winkle, K., Caleb-Solly, P., Leonards, U., Turton, A., & Bremner, P. (2021). Assessing and addressing ethical risk from anthropomorphism and deception in socially assistive robots. https://doi.org/10.1145/3434073.3444666

Conference Name ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Conference Location Boulder CO USA
Start Date Mar 9, 2021
End Date Mar 11, 2021
Acceptance Date Dec 8, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2021
Publication Date Mar 8, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2021
Pages 101-109
ISBN 9781450382892
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3434073.3444666
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7240288
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3434073.3444666