Feeding assistive robotics, imaginaries and care: the case of Bestic

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The media and political/managerial levels focus on the opportunities to re-perform Denmark through digitization. Feeding assistive robotics is a welfare technology, relevant to citizens with low or no function in their arms. Despite national dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to recruit suitable citizens. This working paper discusses roboticists’ and governmental agencies’ socio-technological imaginaries. I argue that imaginaries intertwine with stakeholders’ organizing of their worlds and discuss the resulting tinkering during implementation. The ANT idea of ‘follow the actor’ inspired the study that took place as multi-sited ethnography at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. Based on desk research, observation of meals and interviews I examine socio-technological imaginaries and their practical implications. Human - robotics interaction demands engagement and understanding of the particular situation of the user. The study contributes to Reeler and STS by providing an empirical analysis where political imaginaries, the technology developers’ assumptions, and users and care providers hassles are in focus.
Antal sider26
StatusUdgivet - 5 feb. 2018
SerietitelREELER Working Paper Series

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