This proposal wants to answer the question about how to design social robots by other means. Following this idea, the session will be structured around some issues related to that: how to diversify the actors involved in the process? What ethical principles and caring models are at stake?
According to statistics, there is a continuous and significant increase of the importance of robots in economy and society. Most of those robots are produced to cover industry needs, thinking in the robot as a substitute of human beings. Robots are supposed to improve the quality of work by taking over dangerous, tedious and dirty jobs that are not possible or safe for humans to perform. Thus, most of the envisaged scenarios don't foresee the need to take into consideration how to manage the social interaction between human and robots; once the robot is placed, the human being disappears from there. Nevertheless, the idea that robots can cover other human needs than those related with industry has also gained ground and new concerns and debates are taken place. Robots appear in environments that would have seemed unexpected not much time ago assuming duties traditionally assigned to humans. In this context, a multidisciplinary group of engineers, medical staff and social psychologists has being collaborating during the last two years to define a framework for the development of social robots in the sanitary context. This proposal wants to answer the question about how to design social robots by other means. Following this idea, the session will be structured around four questions: how to design social robots for a hospital? What caring models are introduced with robots? Challenges and defiance in participatory design applied to robotics? How to build up an ethical framework in a multidisciplinary context of innovation?