“Oh Yes, Robots! People Like Robots; the Robot People Should do Something”: Perspectives and Prospects in Public Engagement With Robotics

Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
Computing and information science | Education and learning science | Engineering | Technology
Organization:
University of the West of England, King's College
Description: 

Governmental and institutional policy making in a number of countries has embedded public engagement strategies as a primary channel to connect citizens with scientific and technological innovation. Robotics is emerging as a key site for such new technological activity and its applications are likely to be increasingly notable in our lives in coming years. Robotics researchers are investing considerable time and effort in “engaging” publics. Concentrating on the findings of 24 qualitative interviews with those actively organizing or engaging publics, across 11 public engagement activities focused on the robotics field within the United Kingdom, this article explores their conceptions of “public engagement” and its benefits and constraints. The results suggest that while the language of engagement has been embraced there remain practical, conceptual, and individual influences on the level of engagement which is experienced.

Citation
DOI:
10.1177/1075547010389818
Publication Name: 
Science Communication
Volume: 
33
Number: 
3
Page Number: 
367
Document:

Team Members

Clare WilkinsonClare WilkinsonAuthor
Karen BultitudeKaren BultitudeAuthor
Emily DawsonAuthor

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