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How women think robots perceive them – as if robots were men - Icaart 2013 poster

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In previous studies, we developed an empirical account of user engagement with software agents. We
formalized this model, tested it for internal consistency, and implemented it into a series of software agents to
have them build up an affective relationship with their users. In addition, we equipped the agents with a module
for affective decision-making, as well as the capability to generate a series of emotions (e.g., joy and anger). As
follow-up of a successful pilot study with real users, the current paper employs a non-naïve version of a Turing
Test to compare an agent’s affective performance with that of a human. We compared the performance of an
agent equipped with our cognitive model to the performance of a human that controlled the agent in a Wizard
of Oz condition during a speed-dating experiment in which participants were told they were dealing with a
robot in bot h conditions. Participants did not detect any differences between the two conditions in the
emotions the agent experienced and in the way he supposedly perceived the participants. As is, our model can
be used for designing believable virtual agents or humanoid robots on the surface level of emotion expression

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How women think robots perceive them – as if robots were men - Icaart 2013 poster

  1. 1. How women think robots perceive them - as if robots were men Matthijs A. Pontier, Johan F. Hoorn VU University, Amsterdam, CAMeRA@VU / The Network Institute http://camera-vu.nl/matthijs/ m.a.pontier@vu.nl Abstract Silicon Coppelia We created a model of human perception, affect generation and affective decision making. We employed a non-naïve version of a Turing Test to compare the performance of an agent equipped with our cognitive model to the performance of a human that controlled the agent in a Wizard of Oz condition during a speed-dating experiment in which participants were told they were dealing with a robot in both conditions. Participants did not detect any differences between the two conditions in the emotions the agent experienced and in the way he supposedly perceived the participants. As is, our model can be used for Background designing believable virtual agents or humanoidRobots are becoming a part of our daily robots on the surface level of emotion expression.lives. Humans treat and experience .technology as other humans. But:Affective behavior robots still quitesimple Method: Dating a RobotWe developed Silicon Coppelia, with thegoal to create emotionally human-likerobots.We tested the behavior of the modelagainst human performance in a speeddating application. Agent controlled by:• Condition 1: Human• Condition 2: Silicon Coppelia Enriched Turing TestTuring Test was originally text-basedWe enriched the Turing Test with affectivecommunication:• Facial emotion expression• Vocal speechAfterwards questionnaire: How do youthink Tom perceived you?Measure continuous and more elaborated Work in Progress Application: Caredroids • Add moral reasoning Moral dilemmas in our caredroids Morals are necessary, because: • Coaching vs Manipulation Results • Robots become more autonomous • PrivacyParticipants did not detect differences • Robots already make moral decisionsbetween Silicon Coppelia and human • Military robots,performance. • Financial transactions Alice Karen • Self-driving Cars DiscussionWe created simulation of affect so natural Other Applicationsthat young women could not discern dating • (Serious) Gamesa robot from a man. This is important for: • (Virtual) Coaches• Understanding human affective behavior • Companion Robots• Developing human-like robots • House Robots• Developing communication technologies

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