Publication Details

Title: Creating "companions" for children: The ethics of designing esthetic features for robots
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2014
Published In: AI and Society

Taking the term "companion" in a broad sense to include robot caregivers, playmates, assistive devices, and toys, we examine ethical issues that emerge from designing companion robots for children. We focus on the relative importance and potential ethical implications of creating robots with certain types of esthetic features. We include an examination of whether robots ought to be made to appear or act humanlike, and whether robots should be gendered. In our estimation, this line of ethical inquiry may even provide insight into the nature and appropriateness of existing institutions and widely accepted interactions among human beings. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

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AI and Society. 29. Issue 1. 23 - 31. ISSN 0951-5666. DOI 10.1007/s00146-012-0431-1.

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  • School of Public Policy