Cheating with robots: how at ease do they make us feel?

Sofia Petisca, Francisco Esteves, Ana Paiva

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Abstract

People are not perfect, and if given the chance, some will be dishonest with no regrets. Some people will cheat just a little to gain some advantage, and others will not do it at all. With the prospect of more human-robot interactions in the future, it will become very important to understand which kind of roles a robot can have in the regulation of cheating behavior. We investigated whether people will cheat while in the presence of a robot and to what extent this depends on the role the robot plays. We ran a study to test cheating behavior with a die task, and allocated people to one of the following conditions: 1) participants were alone in the room while doing the task; 2) with a robot with a vigilant role or 3) with a robot that had a supporting role in the task, accompanying and giving instructions. Our results showed that participants cheated significantly more than chance when they were alone or with the robot giving instructions. In contrast, cheating could not be proven when the robot presented a vigilant role. This study has implications for human-robot interaction and for the deployment of autonomous robots in sensitive roles in which people may be prone to dishonest behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2102-2107
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728140049
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2019 - Macau, China
Duration: 3 Nov 20198 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2019
Country/TerritoryChina
CityMacau
Period3/11/198/11/19

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