Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions

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Abstract

While Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have, in the past, primarily mediated or facilitated emotional bonding between humans, contemporary robot technologies are increasingly making the bond between human and robots the core issue. Thinking of robots as companions is not only a development that opens up huge potential for new applications, it also raises social and ethical issues. In this paper we will argue that current conceptions of human-robot companionship are primarily rooted in cognitive psychological traditions and provide important, yet limited understanding of the companion relationship. Elaborating on a sociological perspective on the appropriation of new technology, we will argue for a richer understanding of companionship that takes the situatedness (in location, network and time) of the use-context into account.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMaarten H. Lamers, Fons J. Verbeek
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Dordrecht, London
PublisherSpringer
Pages11-18
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-19384-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2011
Event3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010 - Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Jun 201024 Jun 2010
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
PublisherSpringer
Numbervol. 59
Volume59
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-8211

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010
Abbreviated titleHRPR
CountryNetherlands
CityLeiden
Period23/06/1024/06/10

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Keywords

  • METIS-288342
  • Social robots – companionship – sociology
  • IR-79329

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van Oost, E. C. J., & Reed, D. (2011). Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions. In M. H. Lamers, & F. J. Verbeek (Eds.), Human Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 11-18). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 59, No. vol. 59). Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9_2
van Oost, Elizabeth C.J. ; Reed, Darren. / Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions. Human Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. editor / Maarten H. Lamers ; Fons J. Verbeek. Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London : Springer, 2011. pp. 11-18 (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; vol. 59).
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van Oost, ECJ & Reed, D 2011, Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions. in MH Lamers & FJ Verbeek (eds), Human Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, no. vol. 59, vol. 59, Springer, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, pp. 11-18, 3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010, Leiden, Netherlands, 23/06/10. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9_2

Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions. / van Oost, Elizabeth C.J.; Reed, Darren.

Human Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. ed. / Maarten H. Lamers; Fons J. Verbeek. Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London : Springer, 2011. p. 11-18 (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 59, No. vol. 59).

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van Oost ECJ, Reed D. Towards a Sociological Understanding of Robots as Compagnions. In Lamers MH, Verbeek FJ, editors, Human Robot Personal Relationships: Third International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer. 2011. p. 11-18. (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; vol. 59). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19385-9_2