Perceptions of people’s dishonesty towards robots

Sofia Petisca*, Ana Paiva, Francisco Esteves

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dishonest behavior is an issue in human-human interactions and the same might happen in human-robot interactions. To ascertain people’s perceptions of dishonesty, we asked participants to evaluate five different scenarios where someone was being dishonest towards a human or a robot, but we varied the level of autonomy the robot presented. We asked them how guilty they would feel by being dishonest towards a robot, and why do they think people would be dishonest with robots. We see that, regardless of being a human or the autonomy the robot presented, people always evaluated as being wrong to be dishonest. They reported feeling low guilt with a robot. And they expressed that people will be dishonest mostly because of lack of capabilities in the robot to prevent dishonesty, absence of presence, and a human tendency for dishonesty. These results bring implications for the developments of autonomous robots in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 12th International Conference, ICSR 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAlan R. Wagner, David Feil-Seifer, Kerstin S. Haring, Silvia Rossi, Thomas Williams, Hongsheng He, Shuzhi Sam Ge
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030620554
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2020 - Golden, United States
Duration: 14 Nov 202018 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12483 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Dishonesty
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Unethical behavior


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