Social Robots from a Human Perspective

  • Jane Vincent
  • Sakari Taipale
  • Bartolomeo Sapio
  • Giuseppe Lugano
  • Leopoldina Fortunati

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sakari Taipale, Jane Vincent, Bartolomeo Sapio, Giuseppe Lugano, Leopoldina Fortunati
    Pages 1-7
  3. Perceptions and Attitudes to Social Robots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Sakari Taipale, Federico de Luca, Mauro Sarrica, Leopoldina Fortunati
      Pages 11-24
    3. James E. Katz, Daniel Halpern, Elizabeth Thomas Crocker
      Pages 25-38
  4. Human Interaction with Social Robots

  5. Social Robots in Everyday Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Elda Danese
      Pages 129-138
    3. Jane Vincent, Sakari Taipale, Bartolomeo Sapio, Giuseppe Lugano, Leopoldina Fortunati
      Pages 139-144

About this book


Addressing several issues that explore the human side of social robots, this book asks from a social and human scientific perspective what a social robot is and how we might come to think about social robots in the different areas of everyday life. Organized around three sections that deal with Perceptions and Attitudes to Social Robots, Human Interaction with Social Robots, and Social Robots in Everyday Life, the book explores the idea that even if technical problems related to robot technologies can be continuously solved from a machine perspective, what kind of machine do we want to have and use in our daily lives? Experiences from previously widely adopted technologies, such smartphones, hint that robot technologies could potentially be absorbed into the everyday lives of humans in such a way that it is the human that determines the human-machine interaction. In a similar way to how today’s information and communication technologies were first designed for professional/industrial use, but which soon were commercialised for the mass market and then personalised by humans in the daily practices of use, the use of social robots is now facing the same revolution of ‘domestication’. In this transformation, which involves the profound embedding of robots in the everyday life, the ‘human’ aspect of a social robot will have a key role to play. This book casts light on this burning issue, which is one of the central topics that will be taught and studied in universities worldwide and that will be discussed widely, publicly and repeatedly in the near future. The book makes a comprehensive overview of the human dimension of social robots by discussing both transnational features and national specificities.


Attitudes to Robotics Emotional Robots Human Machine Interaction Robots in Everyday Life Social Robots

Editors and affiliations

  • Jane Vincent
    • 1
  • Sakari Taipale
    • 2
  • Bartolomeo Sapio
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Lugano
    • 4
  • Leopoldina Fortunati
    • 5
  1. 1.School of ArtsUniversity of SurreyGuildford, SurreyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Viale del Policlinico 147Fondazione Ugo BordoniRomaItaly
  4. 4.COSTBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.University of UdineUdineItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15671-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15672-9
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