Envisioning and Questioning Near Future Urban Robotics

Maria Luce Lupetti, Nazli Cila

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Robotic services, which have started to appear in urban
environments, are going to transform our society.
Designers of these robots are not only required to
meet technical and legal challenges, but also address
the potential social, political, and ethical consequences
of their design choices. In this paper, we present a
workshop format with its related tools intended
for enabling speculation about such possible futures
and fostering reflection on potential socio-ethical
implications that might support/oppose these futures.
We report the results and discussion of one particular
workshop case, in which the implementation of two
particular robotic services for a city was envisioned
and questioned, i.e., surveillance and delivery of goods.
By discussing the results, we illustrate how such a
workshop format might be beneficial for setting the
agenda for a more conscious design of urban robots and
orienting future research towards meaningful themes
related to the emerging coexistence scenarios between
citizens and robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings DeSForM 2019 Beyond Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Semantics of Form and Movement
EditorsSara Colombo, Yihyun Lim, Miguel Bruns Alonso, Lin-Lin Chen, Tom Djajadiningrat, Loe Feijs, Jun Hu, Steven Kyffin, Elif Özcan, Lucia Rampino, Edgar Rodriguez Ramirez, Dagmar Steffen
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019
EventDeSForM 2019 - MIT Design Lab, Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 201911 Oct 2019


ConferenceDeSForM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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