The ethics of human-robot relationships

M.M.A. de Graaf

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Abstract

Currently, human-robot interactions are constructed according to the rules of human-human interactions inviting users to interact socially with robots. Is there something morally wrong with deceiving humans into thinking they can foster meaningful interactions with a technological object? Or is this just a logical next step in our technological world? Would it be possible for people to treat robots as companions? What implications does this have on future generations, who will be growing up in the everyday presence of robots? Is companionship between humans and robots desirable? This paper fosters a discussion on the ethical considerations of human-robot relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings new friends 2015: the 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education
Place of PublicationAlmere
Pages34-35
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2015
Event1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education, New Friends 2015 - Almere, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Oct 201523 Oct 2015
Conference number: 1

Conference

Conference1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education, New Friends 2015
Abbreviated titleNew Friends 2015
CountryNetherlands
CityAlmere
Period22/10/1523/10/15

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  • METIS-315457
  • IR-99208

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de Graaf, M. M. A. (2015). The ethics of human-robot relationships. In Conference proceedings new friends 2015: the 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education (pp. 34-35). Almere.