Blaming the reluctant robot: Parallel blame judgments for robots in moral dilemmas across U.S. And Japan

Takanori Komatsu, Bertram F. Malle, Matthias Scheutz

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Abstract

Previous work has shown that people provide diferent moral judg-ments of robots and humans in the case of moral dilemmas. In particular, robots are blamed more when they fail to intervene in a situation in which they can save multiple lives but must sacrifce one person's life. Previous studies were all conducted with U.S. par-ticipants; the present two experiments provide a careful comparison of moral judgments among Japanese and U.S. participants. The ex-periments assess multiple ways in which cross-cultural diferences in moral evaluations may emerge: in the willingness to treat robots as moral agents; the norms that are imposed on robots' behaviors; and the degree of blame that accrues to them when they violate the imposed norms. Even though Japanese and U.S. participants difer to some extent in their treatment of robots as moral agents and in the particular norms they impose on them, the two cultures show parallel patterns of greater blame for robots who fail to intervene in moral dilemmas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages63-72
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382892
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021
Event2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/03/2111/03/21

Keywords

  • Blame
  • Cross-culture
  • Disqualifcation
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Moral dilemmas
  • Moral judgments
  • Moral psychology
  • Norm

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