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Beyond the Conflict Between “Touch” and “Feel” in Robotics

  • Céline PietersEmail author
  • Emmanuelle Danblon
  • Jean-Paul Laumond
Chapter
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 130)

Abstract

Does the robot actually look (and not just see), does the robot actually feel (and not just touch)? To experts in robotics, the conflict between “touch” and “feel” may first appear as a concern of communication, situated at a linguistic level only. However, the core of the question is rather a matter of epistemology of the discourse that invokes their own relation to natural language and rationality. To support this statement, we explore the rhetorical practices of roboticists. From a general point of view, their discourses embody two epistemological tendencies (postmodernism and reductionism) that are representative of every disciplinary field. We address the problem of these two epistemological pitfalls which need to be overcome as experts in robotics intend to guide citizens in their judgements about robots.

Keywords

Rhetoric Robotics Epistemology Language Rationality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Céline Pieters
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Emmanuelle Danblon
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Laumond
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Université libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.INSA ToulouseToulouseFrance
  3. 3.LAAS-CNRS ToulouseToulouseFrance

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