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Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots: The Effects of Anthropomorphism, Empathy, and Violent Behavior Towards Robotic Objects


Kate Darling


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Media Laboratory; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

April 23, 2012

Robot Law, Calo, Froomkin, Kerr eds., Edward Elgar 2016
We Robot Conference 2012, University of Miami

Abstract:     
People tend to anthropomorphize robots that interact with humans on a social level. This Article explores whether projecting emotions onto objects could lead to an extension of limited legal protections to robotic companions, analogous to animal abuse laws.

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Keywords: Social robotics, HRI, robots, anthropomorphism, law, ethics, animal abuse


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Date posted: August 28, 2012 ; Last revised: March 8, 2016

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Darling, Kate, Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots: The Effects of Anthropomorphism, Empathy, and Violent Behavior Towards Robotic Objects (April 23, 2012). Robot Law, Calo, Froomkin, Kerr eds., Edward Elgar 2016; We Robot Conference 2012, University of Miami . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2044797 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2044797

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Kate Darling (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Media Laboratory ( email )
20 Ames St.
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States
Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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