Conditions of empathy in human-robot interaction

Ryuji Yamazaki Skov*

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The purpose of this paper is to consider the sociality of social robots with the focus on the notion of empathy. Social robots are designed to exploit various biological mechanisms that trigger anthropomorphizing reactions in humans and systems that seem capable of experiencing or feeling are being constructed. A question is whether empathic reactions by humans are justifiable from a conceptual and ethical point of view. I will mainly address the conceptual strand of this question and investigate whether empathy with robots is appropriate or misapplied relative to our current concept of empathy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations - Proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994794
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventRobo-Philosophy 2014: Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 2014 Aug 202014 Aug 23

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


OtherRobo-Philosophy 2014: Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations


  • alteration
  • android
  • embodiment
  • emotion
  • empathy
  • openness
  • subjectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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