In Marco Nørskov, Johanna Seibt & Oliver Quick (eds.), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications. Volume 335: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. pp. 490–500 (2020)

Juho Rantala
Tampere University
Anthropomorphism is a complex phenomenon that arises from human interaction with other entities and the environment. The phenomenon is thought to be desirable in social robots, enhancing their functionality and sociality. On the other hand, strict anthropomorphism can limit the possible capabilities of robots. Following Gilbert Simondon’s analysis of technology as inherently human, we can create a philosophical description of the foundation on which to begin studying anthropomorphism and, on the other hand, frame practical research in light of this description, thus leading to a more robust understanding of anthropomorphism as a phenomenon.
Keywords social robotics  robotics  gilbert simondon  anthropomorphism  anthropomorphic framework  technology  social interaction
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