Talking to robots: on the linguistic construction of personal human-robot relations

Maarten H. Lamers (Editor), Mark Coeckelbergh, Fons J. Verbeek (Editor)

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How should we make sense of 'personal' human-robot relations, given that many people view robots as 'mere machines'? This paper proposes that we understand human-robot relations from a phenomenological view as social relations in which robots are constructed as quasi-others. It is argued that language mediates in this construction. Responding to research by Turkle and others, it is shown that our talking to robots (as opposed to talking about robots) reveals a shift from an impersonal third-person to a personal second-person perspective, which constitutes a different kind of human-robot relation. The paper makes suggestions for empirical research to further study this social-phenomenological process
Original languageUndefined
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010 - Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Jun 201024 Jun 2010
Conference number: 3


Conference3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010
Abbreviated titleHRPR


  • Human-robot relations – philosophy – phenomenology – language – construction – interpretation
  • IR-76182

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