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Relationships with Objects and Robots

, University of British Columbia, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This research investigates how discriminatory thinking patterns can be challenged in educational environments, and whether anthropomorphized autonomous robots might facilitate this process. I am interested in the relationships people have with technologies, shifting perceptions within these relationships, and the implications of robots for teaching new ways of perceiving and treating others. My research utilizes my own and participants' observations of relations with robots and other technologies. I compare interactions between robots and other objects to see what differences occur in the participants' perceptions. The aim of this research is to determine whether and how Aibo, and potentially other robots, can be active participants in education programmes in order to bring awareness about the value of objects, our close connections with them, and the implications of these relationships.


Hall, L. (2007). Relationships with Objects and Robots. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 677-682). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .