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Perceptions and Responsiveness to Intimacy with Robots; A User Evaluation

Edirisinghe, C, Cheok, A. D. & Khougali, N (2018). Perceptions and Responsiveness to Intimacy with Robots; A User Evaluation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10715 , pp. 138-157. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76369-9_11


In human-robot interactions research it is significant to question what measures humans will take to contest the challenges and what will become of them. Levy hypothesizes that robots will stimulate human senses with their many capabilities and humans will accept them as intimate companions because the human perception of intimacy will transform to accommodate various nuances. However, the question remains, how much humans understand and accept intimacies with robots. We argue that perceptions of human-robot interactions (HRI) and intimate interactions with robots have a certain impact on how individuals comprehend intimacies with robots. Long term contact with robots, in terms of robotic technology and conversations, will change our views and practices regarding intimacy with robots. Our study revealed that lack of awareness of the potentials of future AI robots has created a fear; fear of losing both tangible, intangible, and the sense of dominance. Yet, our participants’ intimate interactions with robots produced varying degree of responses that, we believe are revealing another scope of human-robot interactions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature. The final authenticated version is available online at
Publisher Keywords: Robots, Intimacies, Human-robot interactions, Perceptions, Touch
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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