Papers about robot vacuum cleaner personalities

by on June 30, 2011 at 5:55 am in Religion, Science | Permalink

There are some, and they are important:

In this paper we report our study on the user experience of robot vacuum cleaner behavior. How do people want to experience this new type of cleaning appliance? Interviews were conducted to elicit a desired robot vacuum cleaner personality. With this knowledge in mind, behavior was designed for a future robot vacuum cleaner. A video prototype was used to evaluate how people experienced the behavior of this robot vacuum cleaner. The results indicate that people recognized the intended personality in the robot behavior. We recommend using a personality model as a tool for developing robot behavior.

A summary discussion is here, interesting throughout.  From this paper you can surmise a bit about the origins of religion, the seen and the unseen, and the demand for conspiracy theories, in addition to robot vacuum cleaners.

1 Chris Dornan June 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

And from this post you can tell alot about modern fixations with naturalist explanations of religion!

2 Marian Kechlibar June 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

You know, brain of the size of a planet … and they want me to vacuum their filthy floors!

3 engineer27 June 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm

“Let’s build robots with Genuine People Personalities!”

Share and Enjoy….

4 techreseller June 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

I want to hear Bill Joy and Ray Kurzwiel argue about this. Bill will be afraid and Ray will see it as part of the Convergence.

5 JasonL June 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

Ha! Love it.

6 John Thacker June 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

They interviewed people about what personality a robot should have, had actors act out those personality types for a robot, designed the robot to mimic the behaviors the actors portrayed, and then other people, when asked, were able to translate the behaviors back into the personality types.

It seems to me to say a lot about the universality of the mapping between personality and behavior, in that the actors and the interviewees were able to agree (without discussion between them) what a certain personality would behave like in a vacuuming robot.

Of course, the Roomba religion / conspiracy theory here has the advantage of being true. It’s a little different from the standard situation where people ascribe personality to inanimate objects that don’t have them, thanks to a lucky series of events. Here the robots were expressly designed with personalities, and people were invited to describe those personalities.

7 John Thacker June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

The situation where people ascribe personalities to random events (or randomly programmed robots) seems to me to have more to do with conspiracy theories and religion than this situation, where the robots really were intelligently designed with personalities.

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