Designing Robotic Artefacts

Nik Gaffney talks about FoAM's views on animism and materialism in robotic design in a workshop hosted by LIREC partner SICS. The workshop aims to shed an empirically-grounded light on some of the myths about designing user-centred robotic systems. For example, a robotic system modelled after a human is not necessarily a human-centred design, and an autonomous robot is not necessarily the best system from a user-centred perspective. Dispelling these myths will also touch on ethical concerns, such as ethics based on user-centred design versus the Asimov ethic rules developed in fiction.