Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots: The Effects of Anthropomorphism, Empathy, and Violent Behavior Towards Robotic Objects
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Media Laboratory; Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society
April 23, 2012
Robot Law, Calo, Froomkin, Kerr eds., Edward Elgar 2016
We Robot Conference 2012, University of Miami
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Social robotics, HRI, robots, anthropomorphism, law, ethics, animal abuse
Date posted: August 28, 2012 ; Last revised: March 8, 2016
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