A fictional dualism model of social robots

Paula Sweeney* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

In this paper I propose a Fictional Dualism model of social robots. The model helps us to understand the human emotional reaction to social robots and also acts as a guide for us in determining the significance of that emotional reaction, enabling us to better define the moral and legislative rights of social robots within our society. I propose a distinctive position that allows us to accept that robots are tools, that our emotional reaction to them can be important to their usefulness, and that this emotional reaction is not a direct indicator that robots deserve either moral consideration or rights. The positive framework of Fictional Dualism provides us with an understanding of what social robots are and with a plausible basis for our relationships with them as we bring them further into society.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Early online date8 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Social robots
  • Fictional dualism model
  • Empathy for social robots
  • Rights for social robots
  • Social robots and society
  • Social robots and fiction

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