A midsummer night's dream: Social proof in HRI

Brittany A. Duncan, Robin R. Murphy, Dylan Shell, Amy G. Hopper

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

The introduction of two types of unmanned aerial vehicles into a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream suggests that social proof informs untrained human groups. We describe the metaphors used in instructing actors, who were otherwise untrained and inexperienced with robots, in order to shape their expectations. Audience response to a robot crash depended on whether the audience had seen how the actors interacted with the robot "baby fairies." If they had not seen the actors treating a robot gently, an audience member would likely throw the robot expecting it to fly or handle it roughly. If they had seen the actors with the robots, the audience appeared to adopt the same gentle style and mechanisms for re-launching the micro-helicopter. The difference in audience behavior suggests that the principle of social proof will govern how untrained humans will react to robots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010
Pages91-92
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Mar 2 2010Mar 5 2010

Publication series

Name5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010

Other

Other5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period3/2/103/5/10

Keywords

  • Human-robot interaction
  • Performing arts
  • Robotic theater
  • Social interaction
  • Social proof
  • UAV-human interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Duncan, B. A., Murphy, R. R., Shell, D., & Hopper, A. G. (2010). A midsummer night's dream: Social proof in HRI. In 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010 (pp. 91-92). (5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2010). https://doi.org/10.1145/1734454.1734487