Nowadays, humanities are and want to be included in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue of Human-Robot interaction and social robotics. Social robots start to compose a higher number of workplaces. For us is time to have a better understanding of what this co-working relationship does mean in terms of psychological and ethical-existential aspects exploring some current and subsequent implications.
Today the so-called ICT (information and communication technology) is pervading almost every production process, both horizontally (across products) and vertically (when machines, shops floors and supply chains become the reference). We have tons of smart factories that aiming to reach flexibility and higher adaptation to variegated goals, such as performance, production quality and overall efficiency need to (still, instead of what people might think of being afraid of) rely on the human factor to picture the canvas of Industry 4.0 trends, lines and new patterns.
Very often our ethical choices are framed by what we know. Science helps us when inquired with the right methodologies and instruments, to know a snapshot of reality. There is a huge debate on how scientists, philosophers, social researchers and investors can support public discussion and public relations campaigns that are more “inclusive” for youth. Key people, at the peak of our democracy, should learn by mistakes made in the past to open and guarantee new perspectives of youth empowerment, as this class is destined to be protagonist of a dialog process and in future political turmoils able to accept the limits implied by epistemological ethics. Here science rationale and enterprise can offer educative examples of action.
In the past, individuals have over predicted artificial intelligence, but it does not mean that artificial intelligence in constructing machine has proved greater than the pioneers foresaw. Even in the theme of humanoid robot usefulness – considered at a short term – is not always very clear which solutions they best fit in. Nevertheless, to the majority of us (without any surprise), one thing is crystal clear: the progress in Artificial Intelligence appears to be an ineluctable movement that will manifest – in the long term – autonomous behaviours and higher embodied adaptivity.
Physicists describe Nature. They are the one who can mediate us, with care and attention, general features, hypotheses and theories that help us to describe physical phenomena drifting from a more abstract and fundamental level to the tacit, complicate, the real existence of things. However, they face the challenge when is time to explain how elementary particles interact with the quantum world. Together, efforts in knowledge transfer and education can be enhanced, triggering the role of fundamental research as a motor for new technologies and relevance for society.
In the latest years the literature on robots and education has addressed the inspiring possibility to insert robots as educators in classes. However, a full list of case studies – despite the ones of Saya in Japan and ARTIE at the Oxford Brooks University – have been lacking so far. This post aims to address this relationship, somehow complex and for lots barely possible, following a fil rouge aiming to highlight how the harmonious interactions between robot teachers and schoolers aren’t far from being a concrete possibility. Designed to appear and move like humans, and already well equipped to support education, they seems to face yet one major challenge: propose a model -being in control of its premises – and consider which design could let this pedagogy to blossom in hybrid contexts.
Integrate social robots in human societies requires their capability to decide to take actions that might affect people’s lives and that – mainly for this reason – should behave according to shared ethical principles that play a role during a decision-making process. One of the reasons why, technical robotics performance should take per hand ethical transparency to place human values and needs at the core of social robot design.
This post orbits around to the theories developed around the notion of control, more in specific social control, the power that grow as a list of what, at the time, was conceived as necessary to control human beings starting from their personality, connecting with people internalization processes, their public status and even their conscience.