As we increasingly create spaces where robotic technology interacts with humans, our tendency to project lifelike qualities onto robots raises questions around use and policy. In this We Robot 2015 panel titled “Who’s Johnny? (Anthropomorphizing Robots)”, Kate Darling explores the effects of anthropomorphic framing in the introduction of robotic technology, and discusses concerns about anthropomorphism in certain contexts. She also argues that there are cases where encouraging anthropomorphism is desirable, and that because people respond to framing, it could serve as a tool to separate these cases. Moderated by Ken Goldberg.
WeRobot 2015 Panel 1: “Who’s Johnny? (Anthropomorphizing Robots)”
Author: Kate Darling
Discussant: Ken Goldberg