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"I care about him as a pal": conceptions of robotic pets in online AIBO discussion forums

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"I care about him as a pal": conceptions of robotic pets in online AIBO discussion forums
In this study, we analyzed people's conceptions of AIBO, a robotic pet, through their spontaneous postings in online AIBO discussion forums. Results showed that AIBO psychologically engaged this group of participants, particularly by drawing forth conceptions of essences (79%), agency (60%), and social standing (59%). However, participants seldom attributed moral standing to AIBO (e.g., that AIBO deserves respect, has rights, or can be held morally accountable for action). Our discussion focuses on the societal implications of these results. Keywords Robotic pets, virtual pets, user conceptions, online discussion forum, online bulletin boards, AIBO
Peter H. Kahn Jr., Batya Friedman, Jennifer Hagman
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Type Conference
Year 2002
Where CHI
Authors Peter H. Kahn Jr., Batya Friedman, Jennifer Hagman
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