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8. December 2022

DIJ Study Group with Giulia De Togni on ‘Caring Machines’

Robotics is a growing field in the delivery of care. “Socially Assistive Robots” (SARs) have the potential to ‘care’ for humans through social interaction, physical assistance, and therapy delivery. However, the emergence of ‘caring machines’ raises ethical, social, and technological questions. Giulia De Togni’s research aims to understand in what ways our identities and care relationships may be affected by the use of SARs and how this may vary in different cultural contexts. Her study is based on interviews with those who are developing robots, health and social care practitioners, and those receiving care; observations in robotics laboratories and care facilities in the UK and Japan – two rapidly ageing, highly industrialized countries which are leading in AI and robotics innovation. Details and registration here

Speaker:
Giulia De Togni, The University of Edinburgh Medical School