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Social robots and digital well-being: how to design future artificial agents

Matthew J. Dennis ()
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Matthew J. Dennis: TU Eindhoven

Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, 2022, vol. 21, issue 1, No 4, 37-50

Abstract: Abstract Value-sensitive design theorists propose that a range of values that should inform how future social robots are engineered. This article explores a new value: digital well-being, and proposes that the next generation of social robots should be designed to facilitate this value in those who use or come into contact with these machines. To do this, I explore how the morphology of social robots is closely connected to digital well-being. I argue that a key decision is whether social robots are designed as embodied or disembodied. After exploring the merits of both approaches, I conclude that, on balance, there are persuasive reasons why disembodied social robots may well fare better with respect to the value of digital well-being.

Keywords: Social robotics; Digital well-being; Embodiment; Disembodiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11299-021-00281-5

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