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Representations of childcare robots as a controversial issue

Jones, Raya ORCID: 2017. Representations of childcare robots as a controversial issue. International Journal of Mechanical Aerospace Industrial Mechatronic and Manufacturing Engineering 11 (8) , pp. 1415-1419.

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This paper interrogates online representations of robot companions for children, including promotional material by manufacturers, media articles and technology blogs. The significance of the study lies in its contribution to understanding attitudes to robots. The prospect of childcare robots is particularly controversial ethically, and is associated with emotive arguments. The sampled material is restricted to relatively recent posts (the past three years) though the analysis identifies both continuous and changing themes across the past decade. The method extrapolates social representations theory towards examining the ways in which information about robotic products is provided for the general public. Implications for social acceptance of robot companions for the home and robot ethics are considered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acceptance of robots, childcare robots, ethics, social representations.
Publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 July 2017
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 11:28

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