Socio-technical imaginaries and human-robotics proximity: the case of bestic

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Political/managerial levels intend to reform Denmark through digitization. Assistive feeding robotics is a welfare technology, relevant to citizens with no or low function in their arms. Despite national endorsement and dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to recruit suitable citizens as first users of this new technology. This study discusses how the socio-technical imaginaries of governmental institutions, technology developers, and affected stakeholders distribute agencies and what this means for the implementation of this robotics. The principle of ANT (Actor-Network Theory) of ‘following the actor’ inspired the study reported here that took place as multi-sited ethnography at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. The study contributes to the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS) by providing an empirical analysis that views together, and holds up against each other, (i) political imaginaries, (ii) the assumptions of technology developers, and (iii) the possibilities and difficulties arising for care providers and users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvisioning robots in society : power, politics, and public space
EditorsMark Coeckelbergh, Janina Loh, Michael Funk, Johanna Seibt, Marco Nørskov
Number of pages10
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Publication year22 Nov 2018
ISBN (print)978-1-61499-930-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-931-7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2018
SeriesFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications

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Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018 February 14-17

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