Social modification using implementation of partial agency toward objects

Hirotaka Osawa, Seiji Yamada

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This article considers what kind of partial agency can be implemented for objects to bring about better agencies for interacting with humans. We humans have the ability to inform our fellows about our intentions, internal states, and requirements through verbal means, gestures, attitudes, timings, and other representations. These representations help us to maintain our belief that we are sufficient agents. Robots and virtual agents also mimic these representations; they act as if they have such an agency. However, their agencies are sometimes too excessive compared to their task. This mismatch leads to a high cognitive load being placed on users and consequently leads to breakdowns in interaction; it prevents human-agent interaction from being a modality in certain applications. We have devised an agency with multiple selectable features. We believe that selectable features promote good designs of virtual agents, robots, machinery, and home appliances according to their intended traits. We categorized these agencies into several groups and discuss what elements lead to these features. The article also describes a method of identifying these features in human behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropomorphization
  • Human interface
  • Human-agent interaction
  • Human-robot interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Artificial Intelligence


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