Social Robots in Social Institutions

Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022

Social institutions emerge from social practices which coordinate activities by the explicit statement of rules, goals, and values. When artificial social actors are introduced into the physical and symbolic space of institutions, will this affect or transform institutional structures and practices, and how can social robotics as an interdisciplinary endeavor contribute to the ability of our institutions to perform their functions in society?

This book presents the Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022, the 5th event in the biennial Robophilosophy conference series, held in Helsinki, Finland, from 16 to 19 August 2022. The theme of this edition of the conference was Social Robots in Social Institutions, and it featured international multidisciplinary research from the humanities, social sciences, Human-Robot Interaction, and social robotics. The 63 papers, 41 workshop papers and 5 posters included in this book are divided into 4 sections: plenaries, sessions, workshops and posters, with the 41 papers in the ‘Sessions’ section grouped into 13 subdivisions including elderly care, healthcare, law, education and art, as well as ethics and religion. These papers explore the anticipated conceptual and practical changes which will come about in the course of introducing social robotics into public and private institutions, such as public services, legal systems, social and healthcare services, or educational institutions.

The research contributions collected here offer cutting edge explorations of the societal significance of social robots for the future of social institutions – they will be of interest to both researchers in Robophilosophy, Human-Robot Interactions, and robotics, as well as private companies and policy makers aiming to place artificial social agents in social institutions.
Editors: Hakli, R., Mäkelä, P., Seibt, J.
Pages: 798
Binding: softcover
Volume 366 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-374-4
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-375-1