Adopt-a-robot: A story of attachment (Or the lack thereof)

Damith HERATH, Christian Kroos, Catherine Stevens, Denis Burnham

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Robots have diffidently started to invade human spaces, but are still limited to very rudimentary forms such as robot vacuum cleaners and various entertainment platforms. Dramatic changes with respect to the number of robots in homes and offices, however, can be foreseen for the near future as sensing, computing and associated technologies mature. Currently, it is not known how we humans will treat machine companions when they will be with us over prolonged periods of time and share our personal space. In this exploratory study we investigated whether participants would form a bond with a small, basic research robot in an adoption scenario whereby the robot's initial interaction abilities were upgraded in two steps. We were particularly interested in investigating whether any increases in attachment would be related to the 2 steps of progressively heightened technical sophistication of the robot over a prolonged (six month) period of time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2013 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Place of PublicationUSA
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781467330558
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 Mar 20136 Mar 2013


Conference8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2013


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