This volume investigates the ways emerging technologies in the
fields of robotics and bio-robotics are influencing society. It
necessarily considers both philosophical and technological study of
robots, including what it means for robots to exist as good and
moral entities, and how they benefit humans and enhance their
quality of life. Contributors address artificial intelligence and
social functions as well as technical matters.
Chapters are wide-ranging, and consider robots in science fiction;
the need for designers to create moral robots; specific technology;
and the development of biological robots. Also addressed are
robotic technologies already enhancing human bodies, such as
exoskeletons that allow paraplegics to walk.
The contributors foresee robots becoming involved not only in
mundane domestic tasks such as washing dishes, but also in
providing health care to the disabled and companionship to the
elderly. This volume offers exciting philosophical reflections that
unveil new connections between robotics and praxiology and their
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