Metaphors Matter: Exploring the Impact of Metaphors in Robot-Mediated Communication

Rob Martintherobmartin@ucsc.edutherobmartin.com

An in progress study exploring the impact of metaphors in Robot-Mediated Communication (RMC). Recent research in this area suggests that differences in behavior may be significantly associated with the degree to which the robot is thought of as a thing vs. an extension of the person using it, as indicated by the metaphors the person uses to describe the robot (e.g. “it” or “the robot”, vs. “Jane” or “my coworker”). We seek to better understand this interaction between metaphor and behavior, and to develop a methodology which can be replicated in future studies building on this research.