Reporting Robot Ethics for Children-Robot Studies in Contemporary Peer Reviewed Papers

Marilena Kyriakidou, K. Padda, L. Parry

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    How are robot ethics described in peer-reviewed papers for children-robot studies? Do publications refer to robot ethics such as: (a) gaining children’s assent, (b) providing a robot’s description prior to data collection, (c) having a robot exposure phase before data collection and (d) informing children about a robot’s semi-autonomy or not? A total of 27 peer-reviewed papers with an average impact factor of 1.8 were analysed. 63 % of the studies did not state any ethical procedures followed. In eight studies children gave their assent for the experiment; six studies described the robot to children prior to data collection; two studies provided a robot exposure phase prior to data collection and one study informed children that robots are operated machines. The outcomes indicate problematic applications of robot ethics in peer-reviewed journals and the necessity for the publishing industry to consider stricter actions on this aspect of a publication.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA World with Robots
    EditorsM. I. Aldinhas Ferreira, J. S. Sequeira, M. O. Tokhi, E. E. Kadar, G. S. Virk
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46667-5, 978-3-319-46665-1
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2017

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    • Children-robot interaction
    • Robot ethics
    • Children’s assent
    • Ethics


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