Socio-technological imaginaries and human: robotics proximity – the case of Bestic

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Political/managerial levels intend to re-perform Denmark through digitization. Feeding assistive robotics is a welfare technology, relevant to citizens with no or low function in their arms. Despite endorsement and national dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to recruit suitable citizens. This study discusses how government agencies’, technology developers’ and affected stakeholders’ socio-technological imaginaries distribute agencies and what this means to implementation of this robotics. The ANT idea of ‘follow the actor’ inspired the study that took place as multi-sited ethnography at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. The study contributes to science and technology studies by providing an empirical analysis where political imaginaries, the technology developers’ assumptions, and users and care providers hassles are all in focus.
Keywords: Socio-technological imaginaries, tinkering, STS, welfare technologies, assistive robotics, care work
Original languageEnglish
Publication year22 Nov 2018
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2018
EventRobo-Philosophy 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society - Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 14 Feb 201817 Feb 2018


ConferenceRobo-Philosophy 2018
LocationUniversität Wien
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