Social robots: A meeting point between science and fiction


Industrial robots and androids in science fiction were worlds apart until recently, but now begin to merge with the rapid development of social robotics. Given the growing need for labour in the healthcare and service sectors, robots are being designed to interact with disabled or elderly people, or to take the place of receptionists or shop assistants in shopping malls, or even to act as support teachers or nannies. Within this context, efforts have grown to encourage mutual inspiration between techno-science and humanities. Ethical issues such as the influence of robotic nannies on child psyche, previously raised within the realms of literary works, are now being discussed in scientific forums. 


social robots; artificial intelligence; science fiction; Asimov; roboethics


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