The Tactile Ethics of Soft Robotics: Designing Wisely for Human–Robot Interaction Thomas Arnold and Matthias Scheutz
Arnold Thomas and Scheutz Matthias. Soft Robotics. June 2017, 4(2): 81-87. https://doi.org/10.1089/soro.2017.0032 Published in Volume: 4 Issue 2: June 1, 2017 Online Ahead of Print: May 19, 2017
Abstract: Soft robots promise an exciting design trajectory in the field of robotics and human–robot interaction (HRI), promising more adaptive, resilient movement within environments as well as a safer, more sensitive interface for the objects or agents the robot encounters. In particular, tactile HRI is a critical dimension for designers to consider, especially given the onrush of assistive and companion robots into our society. In this article, we propose to surface an important set of ethical challenges for the field of soft robotics to meet. Tactile HRI strongly suggests that soft-bodied robots balance tactile engagement against emotional manipulation, model intimacy on the bonding with a tool not with a person, and deflect users from personally and socially destructive behavior the soft bodies and surfaces could normally entice. Keywords: tactile human–robot interaction, ethical challenges, designs of soft robots
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