Social Robotics and digital technologies of care:
ethics, professional identity and practice
Friday, November 24th, 2017
at IT Sligo
A public symposium, organised by the Centre for Research in the Social Professions (CriSP) at Institute of Technology, Sligo, will take place on Friday, November 24th, as part of EU Robotics Week 2017 – on the possible ramifications of robots providing care to humans.
Across the world, governments, research institutes, major corporations and dynamic start-ups are investing billions of euros in the field of robotics.
A major area is that of social robotics: robots that can exist alongside people as potential companions, carers or educators. Some of the world’s most sophisticated and complex robots are of this type and new advances are being made daily.
What are the implications of such developments for those who are or will be working in the care of others, for those cared for, and for educators, regulators and Irish society as a whole?
To date, there are few people in Ireland asking – let alone answering – such questions.
This Symposium is for care and health workers, service users, students, academics, policy-makers, designers and anyone interested in how present and future technologies of care may change all of our lives.
Speakers, many of whom have been directly involved in social robotics projects, are drawn from Ireland, Denmark, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway. Through case studies and critical papers they will address issues of ethics, user perspectives, the future of the caring professions, benefits and drawbacks, potential futures and public fears. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation and discussion.
No knowledge of robotics technology is assumed or required.
The event is part of EU Robotics Week 2017 and contributes to CRiSP’s ongoing research into the future of the social professions in Ireland and internationally.