A growing population of service and social robots are moving out of research labs and entering ‘the wild’ as mainstream consumer products.
When robots enter homes and workplaces, their human-like features and characteristics can help people to accept them.
But the ways we anthropomorphise robots – naming them, attributing gender, age, dressing them up – can lead to interesting flow on effects, including the risk of stereotyping.
Dr Giulia Perugia researches people’s interactions with robots and their implications for ethics, gender and inclusion, based at the Human Technology Interaction Group of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Petra Stock chats to Giulia about the tendency to anthropomorphise robots and the risks involved with gendering robots.