Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots: The Effects of Anthropomorphism, Empathy, and Violent Behavior Towards Robotic Objects
Robot Law, Calo, Froomkin, Kerr eds., Edward Elgar 2016
We Robot Conference 2012, University of Miami
25 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2012 Last revised: 8 Mar 2016
Date Written: April 23, 2012
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.
Keywords: Social robotics, HRI, robots, anthropomorphism, law, ethics, animal abuse
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