Public perception of android robots: Indications from an analysis of YouTube comments

Evgenios Vlachos, Zheng-Hua Tan

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Abstract

The public perception of android robots is a field
of growing applied relevance. Currently, most androids are
confined within controlled environments rendering interactions
between potential end-users, and robots challenging. Even
more challenging is for researchers to investigate end-users’
perception of androids. We exploit pre-existing YouTube
comments as artifacts for quantitative content analysis to gain
an indication of social perception on androids. We perform a
content analysis of 10301 YouTube comments from four
different videos, and reflect on the textual reactions to video
stimuli of four extremely human-like android robots. We use
text mining and machine learning techniques to process and
analyze our corpus. Our findings reveal three equally
important topics that should be considered for paving the way
towards a robotic society: human-robot relationships, technical
specifications, and the science fiction valley. Considering
people’s attitudes, fears and wishes towards androids,
researchers can increase citizen awareness, and engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Place of PublicationMadrid, Spain
PublisherIEEE
Publication date27. Dec 2018
Pages1255-1260
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-8095-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-8094-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27. Dec 2018
Event2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) - Madrid Municipal Conference Centre (MMCC), Madrid, Spain
Duration: 1. Oct 20185. Oct 2018
https://www.iros2018.org/

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
LocationMadrid Municipal Conference Centre (MMCC)
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period01/10/201805/10/2018
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    Vlachos, E., & Tan, Z-H. (2018). Public perception of android robots: Indications from an analysis of YouTube comments. In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 1255-1260). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2018.8594058