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Responsible avatar design

Wanrooij, T. van (2021) Responsible avatar design.

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Abstract:The progression on Avatar Robots, which allow for telepresence and telemanipulation, promises a widespread positive impact. Such technology can be paramount to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). However, it cannot be taken for granted that good intentions create only positive impact. This can also be seen in the report on Augmented Reality (AR) by the Rathenau Institute [1, p. 4]. Therefore, it is relevant to gain insight in the threats that can arise. In this study, a technology-driven approach and an impact-driven approach are used to create an overview of the impact on society of Avatar technology: in both opportunities – through the impact on specific (sub) SDG’s – as well as the threats (ethical concerns) that arise to reach the envisioned positive impact while avoiding the pitfalls. The impact-driven approach involves brainstroming scenarios. This allows for a more diverse audience to participate in brainstorming. By the means of the impact-driven approach, this study presents itself as a fruitful starting point towards a broad, multi-perspective overview of the impact of Avatar Robots on society.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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