Ethical implications of verbal disinhibition with conversational agents

Antonella De Angeli

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    This paper presents a reflection on the ethical implications of conversational agents. The reflection is motivated by recent empirical findings showing that, when interacting in natural language with artificial partners, users tend to indulge in disinhibited behaviour, such as flaming, bullying and sexual harassment. The paper then addresses the question whether conversational agents open any ethical issues and whether this new communication context requires the definition of new moral values and principles or could be addressed by ordinary moral norms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-57
    Number of pages8
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Embodied conversational agents
    • Internet disinhibition
    • Verbal abuse


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