Dr. Ilona Straub
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Fellow at CAIS from March to August 2020
In near future teleoperated social robots will be placed in public settings and used as interaction tools. Considering the uncanny-valley-effect, study about the acceptance and handling of such an interaction tool in society, along with interdisciplinary cooperations between social scientists and engineers, is indispensable. Field studies show a tendency of the teleoperators as well as the interaction partners to ascribe an own identity to teleoperated robots, which is independent from the identity of the controlling person.
The teleoperators tend to alter their self-presentation and align their presentation of personality traits to the outer appearance of the robot, which raises questions about the link between the embodied interaction tool and the degrees of social presence (or telepresence) for the creation of unique „technological identities“. During the fellowship at CAIS a book project on the interdependence of social presence and embodied interaction tools for identity creation shall be finalized.