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Extending the conceptualization of performability with cultural sustainability: The case of social robotics

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A more comprehensive conceptualization of performability, beyond pure economic, technological, and environmental performance, is needed. Adopting and using a technological innovation in its socio-cultural context is likely to have performative impacts well beyond techno-economic and environmental conditions. Examples, as discussed in this chapter, include changes of human and social behavior conditions following from the adoption of social robotics. Reviewing recent developments in social robotics and the adoption of this technology in professional activities, this chapter argues that contemporary conceptualization of performability is incapable of capturing all important conditions and therefore needs to be extended to include cultural sustainability. Borrowing from theory on technology and innovation development, impact, responsibility, and living labs allows us to lay some preliminary stepping stones toward an extended conceptualization of performability and how such technology can be tested in the right context. Before closing, the chapter briefly sketches out avenues for future research.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Advanced Performability Engineering
EditorsKrishna B. Misra
Place of publicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication year2020
Pages89-104
Chapter4
ISBN (print)978-3-030-55731-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-55732-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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