Introduction: Situating the human in social robots

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Traditionally the social has been considered as a characteristic of human beings, not of inanimate machines. At the same time, each technological device can be considered social born out of a complex process of invention, implementation, distribution and domestication by users (Hirsch and Silverstone 2004; Lasen 2013). Since recent technical developments have made possible rather detailed technical mimicking of human beings and their social features, and incorporating them insilicon chips, there is a pronounced need to understand to what extent the humanness can be implanted in social robots. This is also an occasion to think over and discuss what the human is when considered in this context of social robots. With this book we tackle what can be considered as a social robot, which in fact is a paradoxical term, from a social, cultural and humanistic perspective.




Taipale, S., Vincent, J., Sapio, B., Lugano, G., & Fortunati, L. (2015). Introduction: Situating the human in social robots. In Social Robots from a Human Perspective (pp. 1–7). Springer International Publishing.

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