The "social" of the socially interactive robot: Rethinking human-robot interaction through ethnomethodology

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As social robots project socially interactive skills including speech and gestures, they are in a position to project normative practices that humans ordinarily rely upon in their everyday interactions with each other. Social robots enable experiences that are reducible to interaction as a normative practice, such as a sense of moral obligation to respond to a robot's greeting. This may have consequences both for the user experience and the design of social robots that are currently overlooked. We propose that theoretical-methodological tools from ethnomethodology should be applied to evaluate and investigate the experiences related to social interaction with social robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Nørskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-155-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-154-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventRobophilosophy Conference - Virtual
Duration: 10 Aug 202021 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


ConferenceRobophilosophy Conference


  • socially interactive robots
  • social interaction
  • ethnomethodology
  • normative practices
  • moral order
  • sequences in interaction
  • cooperation
  • shared intentionality

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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