Human-robot interaction and psychoanalysis

AI and Society 28 (3):297-307 (2013)
Psychological attitudes towards service and personal robots are selectively examined from the vantage point of psychoanalysis. Significant case studies include the uncanny valley effect, brain-actuated robots evoking magic mental powers, parental attitudes towards robotic children, idealizations of robotic soldiers, persecutory fantasies involving robotic components and systems. Freudian theories of narcissism, animism, infantile complexes, ego ideal, and ideal ego are brought to bear on the interpretation of these various items. The horizons of Human-robot Interaction are found to afford new and fertile grounds for psychoanalytic theorizing beyond strictly therapeutic contexts
Keywords Robotics  Psychoanalysis  Uncanny valley  Intentional stance  Narcissism  Ego ideal  Ideal ego  Infantile complexes
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DOI 10.1007/s00146-012-0413-3
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