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What older People Expect of Robots: A Mixed Methods Approach

Frennert, Susanne LU ; Eftring, Håkan LU and Östlund, Britt LU (2013) Social Robotics, 5th International Conference, ICSR 2013 In Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8239. p.19-29
Abstract
This paper focuses on how older people in Sweden imagine the potential role of robots in their lives. The data collection involved mixed methods, including focus groups, a workshop, a questionnaire and interviews. The findings obtained and lessons learnt from one method fed into another. In total, 88 older people were involved. The results indicate that the expectations and preconceptions about robots are multi-dimensional and ambivalent. Ambivalence can been seen in the tension between the benefits of having a robot looking after the older people, helping with or carrying out tasks they no longer are able to do, and the parallel attitudes, resilience and relational inequalities that accompany these benefits. The participants perceived... (More)
This paper focuses on how older people in Sweden imagine the potential role of robots in their lives. The data collection involved mixed methods, including focus groups, a workshop, a questionnaire and interviews. The findings obtained and lessons learnt from one method fed into another. In total, 88 older people were involved. The results indicate that the expectations and preconceptions about robots are multi-dimensional and ambivalent. Ambivalence can been seen in the tension between the benefits of having a robot looking after the older people, helping with or carrying out tasks they no longer are able to do, and the parallel attitudes, resilience and relational inequalities that accompany these benefits. The participants perceived that having a robot might be “good for others but not themselves”, “good as a machine not a friend” while their relatives and informal caregivers perceived a robot as “not for my relative but for other older people”. (Less)
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expectations, robots, Older people
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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Herrmann, Guido
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8239
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10 pages
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Social Robotics, 5th International Conference, ICSR 2013
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