Human Robot Interaction and Fiction: A Contradiction

  • Eduardo Benitez Sandoval
  • Omar Mubin
  • Mohammad Obaid
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8755)


In this position paper a perspective on how movies and science fiction are currently shaping the design of robots is presented. This analysis includes both behaviour and embodiment in robots. We discuss popular movies that involve robots as characters in their storyline, and how people’s beliefs and expectations are affected by what they see in robot movies. A mismatch or contradiction emerges in what the robots of today can accomplish and what the movies portray. In order to overcome this mismatch we present design implications that may be of benefit to HRI designers.


Fiction robots Research robots Commercial robots 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Benitez Sandoval
    • 1
  • Omar Mubin
    • 2
  • Mohammad Obaid
    • 3
  1. 1.HIT Lab NZUniversity of CanterburyNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and the MARCS InstituteUniversity of Western SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.t2i LabChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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