I prefer my vacuum cleaners to be lovable, personally
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Here, we refer to personality as the use of human personality characteristics to describe a robot vacuum cleaner. The translation from personality to behavior was inspired by a role play in which a group of actors was asked to act like a robot vacuum cleaner with these desired characteristics... Attributes, such as macaroni, were available to support acting out some of the situations (e.g. ‘cleaning a dirty spot’)... The actors were asked to act out situations—as if they were the robot vacuum cleaner—making use of motion and sound... In general, the actors either crawled about or walked around at a slow pace to imitate a vacuum cleaner. Often, a typical vacuuming sound was simulated by them.
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Research participants discussed the behavior of a prototype (really just a cardboard box with a Roomba controlled via bluetooth - sound effects were added) in a video.
Did the translation from behavior to personality traits work? Do you agree with the research participants that the prototype vacuum cleaner was appropriate (3 participants out of 15), calm (3), boring (2), careful (2), and systematic (2).......Signs of anthropomorphism and personality were observed throughout the evaluations. One participant explicitly mentioned that he experienced the robot vacuum cleaner as having a distinctive character. Out of fifteen participants, fourteen assigned a gender to the robot vacuum cleaner. When talking about it, they frequently referred to it as ‘he’ or ‘him’.
Does it matter if robot vacuum cleaners have personalities? IEEE Spectrum