Published in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, January 1, 2004, pages 328-332.
Copyright © 2004 Berkshire Publishing Group.
The relationship between robots and humans is so different in character from other human-machine relationships that it warrants its own field of study. Robots differ from simple machines and even from complex computers in that they are often designed to be mobile and autonomous. They are not as predictable as other machines; they can enter a human’s personal space, forcing a kind of social interaction that does not happen in other human-machine relationships.