1st Edition

A Treatise on Good Robots

By Krzysztof Tchon Copyright 2014
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume investigates the ways emerging technologies in the fields of robotics and bio-robotics are influencing society. It necessarily considers both philosophical and technological study of robots, including what it means for robots to exist as good and moral entities, and how they benefit humans and enhance their quality of life. Contributors address artificial intelligence and social functions as well as technical matters.

    Chapters are wide-ranging, and consider robots in science fiction; the need for designers to create moral robots; specific technology; and the development of biological robots. Also addressed are robotic technologies already enhancing human bodies, such as exoskeletons that allow paraplegics to walk.

    The contributors foresee robots becoming involved not only in mundane domestic tasks such as washing dishes, but also in providing health care to the disabled and companionship to the elderly. This volume offers exciting philosophical reflections that unveil new connections between robotics and praxiology and their practical applications.

    Editorial - Wojciech W. Gasparski

    Introduction - Krzysztof Tchon

    Part One: Good Robots Human Perspective

    How Good Robots Will Enhance Human Life - Kevin Warwick, Huma Shah, Anton Vedder,
    Elettra Stradella, and Pericle Salvini
    The Good Assistive Robot for Elder Care - Cristina Urdiales, Roberta Annicchiarico, and
    Ulises Cortes
    Unorthodox Thoughts about Good Robots Viewed Pragmatically and Praxiologically -
    Zbigniew J. Gackowski

    Part Two: Good Robots A Technological Perspective

    Towards Application-Oriented Navigation - Adam Borkowski
    Locomotion Mode Transition Control of a Multi-Locomotion Robot - Toshio Fukuda,
    Kosuke Sekiyama, Tadayoshi Aoyama, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, and Qiang Huang
    Maintenance Robot: A History and Reflections of a Japanese Engineering Scientist on
    Fukushima - Hiroyuki Yoshikawa
    Technological Singularity: A Path towards Artificial Intellects and Unpredictable Futures -
    Jack Brzezinski

    Part Three: Good Robots Philosophical Perspective

    Robot Desires - Timo Airaksinen
    From Good Robots to Useful Intelligent Agents - Grzegorz J. Nalepa
    On the Significance of "Responsibility" in Technological Thinking - Ladislav Tondl

    Notes about the Authors


    Krzysztof Tchon