Ethical considerations of gendering very humanlike androids from an interdisciplinary perspective

Elena Knox, Katsumi Watanabe

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    Abstract

    A large proportion of very humanlike androids are assigned aesthetics typically associated with femininity. Ethical and discriminatory issues have yet to be given in-depth attention in procedural literature. This position paper suggests that implicitly viewing humanlike robots as agents that could, in future, substitute undesirable and/or exploitable humans may affect not just the robots' design, but also the human demographics considered replaceable. Such tendencies must be carefully considered by researchers, businesses, and policy makers. Interdisciplinary analysis may inform and expand social and cultural negotiations in the design of these androids.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRO-MAN 2017 - 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages539-546
    Number of pages8
    Volume2017-January
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538635186
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 8
    Event26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2017 - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 2017 Aug 282017 Sep 1

    Other

    Other26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2017
    CountryPortugal
    CityLisbon
    Period17/8/2817/9/1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Control and Optimization

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    Knox, E., & Watanabe, K. (2017). Ethical considerations of gendering very humanlike androids from an interdisciplinary perspective. In RO-MAN 2017 - 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Vol. 2017-January, pp. 539-546). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2017.8172355