Sociomorphing and an Actor-Network Approach to Social Robotics

In Raul Hakli, Pekka Makela & Johanna Seibt (eds.), Social Robots in Social Institutions, Robophilosophy 2022. IOS Press. pp. 508-517 (2023)
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Most of human-robot interaction (HRI) research relies on an implicit assumption that seems to drive experimental work in interaction studies: the more anthropomorphism we can reach in robots, the more effective the robot will be in 'being social.' The notion of 'sociomorphing' was developed in order to challenge the assumption of ubiquitous anthropomorphizing. This paper aims to explore the notion of sociomorphing by analysing the possibilities offered by actor-network theory (ANT). We claim that ANT is a valid framework to re-think the conceptual couple anthropomorphizing / sociomorphing and answer the following question: What kind of negotiation process and social practices can be developed in HRI, given the notion of sociomorph interactional networks?

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Piercosma Bisconti
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna


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