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Projective anthropomorphism as a dialogue with ourselves

Jones, Raya A. ORCID: 2022. Projective anthropomorphism as a dialogue with ourselves. International Journal of Social Robotics 14 , pp. 2063-2069. 10.1007/s12369-021-00793-7

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This paper introduces an original concept (projective anthropomorphism) towards exploring a psychological dimension that is irreducible to the forms of anthropomorphism investigated in both cognitive science and social robotics. Projective anthropomorphism is an unconscious bias towards anticipating humanlike characteristics in robots. An overview of the variety of ways in which projection has been conceptualised in psychology and psychoanalysis is provided before discussing implications for theorising projective anthropomorphism. The proposed concept alludes to the projection of existential anxieties and desires onto myths, legends, linguistic tropes, and science-fiction motifs of humanoid automata. Such motifs and their associated narratives populate contemporary popular culture, and feed into social representations of robots. The importance of considering projective anthropomorphism lies in the extent to which its phenomena channel people’s expectations and attitudes towards technological artefacts, as well as steering technological possibilities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1875-4791
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 27 April 2021
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 01:24

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