SPECIAL ISSUE: Beyond Industrial Robotics: Social Robots Entering Public and Domestic Spheres
Introduction to the Special Issue “Beyond Industrial Robotics: Social Robots Entering Public and Domestic Spheres”
Leopoldina Fortunati, Anna Esposito and Giuseppe Lugano
Industrial and domestic robotics provide fascinating and relevant perspectives and insights into current and possible trajectories for the development of contemporary societies. While industrial robotics has found its place since the sixties, domestic robotics wherein humans interact with social robots is still an unsettled area. After reviewing data on the diffusion of social robots and on their use, the historical tradition from which social robots comes is discussed. This discussion is followed by an analysis of the penetration of social robots in everyday life and the importance of interdisciplinary research is highlighted.
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