Understanding and Shaping the Societal Impacts of Robotics and Automation

A little robot with a white face interacting with a cube.

The development and adoption of a new robotic technologies is not just a scientific or technical process but involves a complex set of interactions with society at all stages of the innovation process. This includes user involvement in design and testing, assessing how robots might be safely used in different settings, establishing appropriate regulation, considering their impact on employment and industry, as well as understanding their cultural representation and social acceptability. These activities draw on the skills of thebehavioural andsocial sciences, and the arts and humanities, and demand genuinely multidisciplinary collaboration.

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