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Social robot deception and the culture of trust

Authors
  • Sætra, Henrik Skaug1
  • 1 Østfold University College, Faculty of Business, Languages and Social Sciences, Norway , (Norway)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Apr 29, 2021
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
276–286
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/pjbr-2021-0021
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green

Abstract

Human beings are deeply social, and both evolutionary traits and cultural constructs encourage cooperation based on trust. Social robots interject themselves in human social settings, and they can be used for deceptive purposes. Robot deception is best understood by examining the effects of deception on the recipient of deceptive actions, and I argue that the long-term consequences of robot deception should receive more attention, as it has the potential to challenge human cultures of trust and degrade the foundations of human cooperation. In conclusion: regulation, ethical conduct by producers, and raised general awareness of the issues described in this article are all required to avoid the unfavourable consequences of a general degradation of trust.

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