Security risks of social robots used to persuade and manipulate: a proof of concept study

Pieter Wolfert, Jorre Deschuyteneer, Djamari Oetringer, Nicole Robinson, Tony Belpaeme

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Earlier research has shown that robots can provoke social responses in people, and that robots often elicit compliance. In this paper we discuss three proof of concept studies in which we explore the possibility of robots being hacked and taken over by others with the explicit purpose of using the robot’s social capabilities. Three scenarios are explored: gaining access to secured areas, extracting sensitive and personal information, and convincing people to take unsafe action. We find that people are willing to do these tasks, and that social robots tend to be trusted, even in situations that would normally cause suspicion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
EditorsHatice Gunes, Laurel Riek
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781450370578
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) 2020 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Mar 202026 Mar 2020
Conference number: 15th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) 2020
Abbreviated titleHRI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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