Thursday, June 9, 2022

98 - The Psychology of Human-Robot Interactions

How easily do we anthropomorphise robots? Do we see them as moral agents or, even, moral patients? Can we dehumanise them? These are some of the questions addressed in this episode with my guests, Dennis Küster and Aleksandra Świderska. Dennis is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen. Aleksandra is a senior researcher at the University of Warsaw. They have worked together on a number of studies about how humans perceive and respond to robots. We discuss several of their joint studies in this episode.

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  1. Meme of the moment: "...robots? Do we see them as moral agents or, even, moral patients?....." Nature (i)s all there (i)s! Go googling: naturesalltheres

  2. Ideas abound on this topic. My circle of associates tends towards thinking that anthropomorphism is not useful. AI, so far, is still circuitry, programmed to 'think' as it is told to think. Morality, in its human sense, has no role in this. I wonder where, and how, anyone might conclude otherwise. So call me 'dinosaur'. Gronk!