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Traveling Robots and Their Cultural Baggage

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  • Lasse Blond
When social robots are imported from Asia to Europe they bring along with them a cultural luggage consisting of foreign sociotechnical imaginary. The effort to adopt the robot Silbot to Nordic social services exposed unfamiliar and cultural-dependent views of care, cognition, health and human nature.

Studying Silbot in “the wild” highlighted these issues as well as the human-robot interaction and the adaptation of the robot to real life praxis. The importance of comprehending robots as parts of sociotechnical ensembles is emphasized as well as the observance of how robots are shaped by the cultural context in the recipient countries.
Translated title of the contributionRejsende robotter og deres kulturelle bagage
Original languageEnglish
Publication year17 Oct 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2016
EventInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2016 / Transor 2016: What Social Robots Can and Should Do - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 17 Oct 201621 Oct 2016


ConferenceInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2016 / Transor 2016
LocationAarhus University
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    Research areas

  • Robots, Robots in the Wild, Social robots, Silbot, Mero, Cultural Shaping, Transfer of technology, technology transfer, social praxis, health care, elderly care, technological innovation, innovation

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