Social Robots: Boundaries, Potential, Challenges, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Robots

Boundaries, Potential, Challenges, 1st Edition

By Marco Nørskov


270 pages

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Hardback: 9781472474308
pub: 2015-12-04
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pub: 2017-07-05
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Social robotics is a cutting edge research area gathering researchers and stakeholders from various disciplines and organizations. The transformational potential that these machines, in the form of, for example, caregiving, entertainment or partner robots, pose to our societies and to us as individuals seems to be limited by our technical limitations and phantasy alone. This collection contributes to the field of social robotics by exploring its boundaries from a philosophically informed standpoint. It constructively outlines central potentials and challenges and thereby also provides a stable fundament for further research of empirical, qualitative or methodological nature.


"This well-crafted collection of timely and thought-provoking essays investigates the opportunities and challenges socially interactive robots represent for us, our communities, and the collective human/robot future that is being assembled all around us. It is (or should be) essential reading for anyone - human or robot - seeking to understand the social conditions and configurations of the 21st century and beyond." - David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois University, USA.

"The large-scale integration of social robotic technologies into our everyday life is a much-anticipated next step in the technological and human evolution. The collection of topics comprising this book provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of challenges and potentials of social robotics. It is a must-read for anyone interested in this field." - Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University, Japan

"It gives us a fresh perspective on social robots, prompting us to reflect on what it means to be human." - Migle Laukyte

About the Author

Marco Nørskov is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas at Aarhus University, Denmark. Furthermore, he is a cooperative researcher at the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR, Japan.

About the Series

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs
This series examines the crucial ethical, legal and public policy questions arising from or exacerbated by the design, development and eventual adoption of new technologies across all related fields, from education and engineering to medicine and military affairs. The books revolve around two key themes: ¢ Moral issues in research, engineering and design ¢ Ethical, legal and political/policy issues in the use and regulation of Technology This series encourages submission of cutting-edge research monographs and edited collections with a particular focus on forward-looking ideas concerning innovative or as yet undeveloped technologies. Whilst there is an expectation that authors will be well grounded in philosophy, law or political science, consideration will be given to future-orientated works that cross these disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of the series editorial team offers the best possible examination of works that address the ’ethical, legal and social’ implications of emerging technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General