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Niels Christian M Nickelsen

Human - robot proximity: exploring ethical responsibility through democratic participation

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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 STS by providing an empirical analysis where political imaginaries, the technology developers’ assumptions, and users and care providers hassles are all in focus.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year15 Feb 2018
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2018
EventRobophilosophy 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society—Politics, Power, and Public Space - University of Vienna, Wien, Austria
Duration: 13 Feb 201817 Feb 2018
Conference number: 2018


ConferenceRobophilosophy 2018
LocationUniversity of Vienna
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