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Niels Christian M Nickelsen

Care routines, feeding assistive robotics and the disabled body

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Care routines, feeding assistive robotics and the disabled body Niels Christian Mossfeldt NickelsenAbstract for 4S, Barcelona, track 62. Short abstract 300 signs including spacesSeveral feeding assistive robotics are described in the literature, but few studies have explored the reception. I report from an ethnographic study of the British Neater-Eater robot in a housing institution for the disabled. Due to a number of values the implementation is something of a balancing act.Long abstract 248 wordsSeveral feeding assistive robotics (FAR) are described in the literature; Neater-Eater; My Spoon (Song & Kim, 2012) and Bestic (Juksa (2015). Although there are a number of problems few studies have explored the reception (McDoll & Nejat, 2013). A study has pointed at the challenge the care providers have in imposing a relevant interplay between the citizen and the FAR. When this is unsuccessful the result is demeaning (Nickelsen, 2013). During the last decade feeding has broadly been eliminated from nurses’ responsibilities and relegated to non-professionals (Martinsen et al. 2007). It has become low status work and as such it is currently robotized. Despite the lack of knowledge there is an intense pressure from political authorities in Denmark to implement FAR. The Boroughs Association (KL) has for instance established a “Common municipality program for the implementation of welfare technology”. In a recent report it is stated that the Danish boroughs by January 1. 2015 have bought 154, but they are only able to apply 95 (KL, 2015). Based on an ethnographic study of the reception of the British Neater-Eater FAR in a housing institution for the disabled I analyze shifts in the care providers’ routines and the implication for the citizens. It is difficult to recruit citizens due to the unpredictability of the human-robot assembly. The analysis points at a number of values from core participants and argues that the implementation is somewhat of a balance and that it is resisted because it is politically, not professionally driven.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year1 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Event4S/EASST Conference Barcelona: Science and Technology by Other Means - Barcelona Convention Centre (CCIB), Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 31 Aug 20163 Sep 2016

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Conference4S/EASST Conference Barcelona
LocationBarcelona Convention Centre (CCIB)
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period31/08/201603/09/2016

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