Title
'Oh yes, robots! : people like robots : the robot people should do something' : perspectives and prospects in public engagement with robotics
Description
Governmental and institutional policy making in a number of countries has embedded public engagement strategies as a primary channel to connect citizens with scientific and technological innovation. Robotics is emerging as a key site for such new technological activity and its applications are likely to be increasingly notable in our lives in coming years. Robotics researchers are investing considerable time and effort in “engaging” publics. Concentrating on the findings of 24 qualitative interviews with those actively organizing or engaging publics, across 11 public engagement activities focused on the robotics field within the United Kingdom, this article explores their conceptions of “public engagement” and its benefits and constraints. The results suggest that while the language of engagement has been embraced there remain practical, conceptual, and individual influences on the level of engagement which is experienced.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1075547010389818
DOI
10.1177/1075547010389818
Language
English
Author
Clare Wilkinson
Co-author
Karen Bultitude
Co-author
Emily Dawson
Volume number
33
Issue number
3
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
1075-5470
Copyright URL
http://www.uk.sagepub.com/sagechoice.sp
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Date of publication
01 September 2010
Page reference
367-397
Place of publication
London
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Science communication
Harvard
Wilkinson, Clare et al (2010) 'Oh yes, robots! : people like robots : the robot people should do something' : perspectives and prospects in public engagement with robotics. Science communication. 33 (3), pp. 367-397 London: SAGE Publications.
Vancouver
Wilkinson Clare et al. 'Oh yes, robots! : people like robots : the robot people should do something' : perspectives and prospects in public engagement with robotics. Science communication 2010; 33 (3): 367-397.