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What Makes a Social Robot Good at Interacting with Humans?

Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics, Middlesex University London, London NW4 4BT, UK
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Information 2020, 11(1), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11010043
Received: 13 December 2019 / Revised: 5 January 2020 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 13 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Social Robots)
This paper discusses the nuances of a social robot, how and why social robots are becoming increasingly significant, and what they are currently being used for. This paper also reflects on the current design of social robots as a means of interaction with humans and also reports potential solutions about several important questions around the futuristic design of these robots. The specific questions explored in this paper are: “Do social robots need to look like living creatures that already exist in the world for humans to interact well with them?”; “Do social robots need to have animated faces for humans to interact well with them?”; “Do social robots need to have the ability to speak a coherent human language for humans to interact well with them?” and “Do social robots need to have the capability to make physical gestures for humans to interact well with them?”. This paper reviews both verbal as well as nonverbal social and conversational cues that could be incorporated into the design of social robots, and also briefly discusses the emotional bonds that may be built between humans and robots. Facets surrounding acceptance of social robots by humans and also ethical/moral concerns have also been discussed.
Keywords: social robotics; human robot interaction; relationship social robotics; human robot interaction; relationship
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Onyeulo, E.B.; Gandhi, V. What Makes a Social Robot Good at Interacting with Humans? Information 2020, 11, 43.

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