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Concerning the apperception of robot-assisted childcare

Jones, Raya 2019. Concerning the apperception of robot-assisted childcare. Philosophy & Technology 32 (3) , pp. 445-456. 10.1007/s13347-018-0306-6

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Abstract

This essay looks askance at how robot-assisted childcare is constructed in the public domain of the Internet. Complex interactions of rhetorical manoeuvres, narratives and postnarrativity, and semiotic slippages may channel the apperception of this application of robotics. The prospect of robots in childcare roles is exceptionally contentious, for it connotes interference with the child-caregiver attachment bond. The industry’s response to psychology-informed concerns is to ‘rebrand’ the product as a robot companion for a child or as a home robot for the family. A technocentric bias in information disseminated online creates an illusion of expertise and may endorse technology-driven morality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2210-5433
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 28 January 2018
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 14:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108975

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