Towards Safe and Trustworthy Social Robots: Ethical Challenges and Practical Issues

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As robots are increasingly developed to assist humans so-
cially with everyday tasks in home and healthcare settings, questions
regarding the robot's safety and trustworthiness need to be addressed.
The present work investigates the practical and ethical challenges in de-
signing and evaluating social robots that aim to be perceived as safe and
can win their human users' trust. With particular focus on collaborative
scenarios in which humans are required to accept information provided
by the robot and follow its suggestions, trust plays a crucial role and
is strongly linked to persuasiveness. Accordingly, human-robot trust can
directly aect people's willingness to cooperate with the robot, while
under- or overreliance may have severe or even dangerous consequences.
Problematically, investigating trust and human perceptions of safety in
HRI experiments proves challenging in light of numerous ethical con-
cerns and risks, which this paper aims to highlight and discuss based on
experiences from HRI practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2015
Event7th Int Conf on Social Robotics - Paris, France
Duration: 26 Oct 201530 Oct 2015


Conference7th Int Conf on Social Robotics


  • Safety and Trust in HRI
  • Roboethics
  • Socially Assistive Robots


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