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Human-Robot partnerships in various workplaces

Ori, Sonali (2023) Human-Robot partnerships in various workplaces.

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Abstract:Due to the increasing usage of emerging technologies like robotics in various workplaces, the idea of collaborating with robots is becoming more realistic. And since it has not been that long since robots have been introduced in the workplace, other potential facets might appear and go beyond robot worker interaction, such as social, organizational, or ethical facets. Therefore this study focused on understanding how designers and roboticists design the interaction between users and robots in the workplace while at the same time, they considering ethical and social facets in the design process. Gaining insights into designers’ perspectives is essential to understand the factors that shape their design decisions and the potential implications for ethical and social considerations. In this study, nine participants from various universities in the Netherlands were interviewed and asked questions regarding their way of designing robots and how they take into account ethical and social considerations. The collected data, from nine participants from various universities in the Netherlands, was analyzed using Reflexive Thematic Analysis, which identified four themes and three sub-themes. The study revealed that common ethical concerns include deception and overtrusting technology, while social concerns related to acceptability, awareness, and trust were also identified. The study concludes by offering recommendations for future work in the field of Human-Robot Interaction.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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