Anthropomorphism in Social Robotics: Simondon and the Human in Technology

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Anthropomorphism is a complex phenomenon that arises from human interaction with other entities and the environment. The phenomenon is thought to be desirable in social robots, enhancing their functionality and sociality. On the other hand, strict anthropomorphism can limit the possible capabilities of robots. Following Gilbert Simondon’s analysis of technology as inherently human, we can create a philosophical description of the foundation on which to begin studying anthropomorphism and, on the other hand, frame practical research in light of this description, thus leading to a more robust understanding of anthropomorphism as a phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics
EditorsMarko Nørskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-155-9
ISBN (Print) 978-1-64368-154-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

Name Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (FAIA)
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


  • anthropomorphism
  • anthropomorphic framework
  • social robot
  • robotics
  • Simondon
  • technical object
  • technical individual
  • technology
  • margin of indeterminacy
  • associated milieu

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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