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Robotics in Germany and Japan

Philosophical and Technical Perspectives

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Edited By Michael Funk and Bernhard Irrgang

Germany and Japan are two of the worldwide leading countries in robotics research. Robotics as a key technology introduces technical as well as philosophical and cultural challenges. How can we use robots that have a human-like appearance in everyday life? Are there limits to technology? What are the cultural similarities and differences between Germany and Japan? These are some of the questions which are discussed in the book. Five chapters comprehend an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework including current research fields like Roboethics, Hermeneutics of Technologies, Technology Assessment, Robotics in Japanese Popular Culture and Music Robots. Contributions on cultural interrelations, technical visions and essays round out the content of this book.
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Germany and Japan are two of the worldwide leading countries in robotics research. Robotics is a key technology and it brings about technical tasks for engineers, but also philosophical and cultural challenges. How are we going to use robots that have a human-like appearance in everyday life? What is technologically possible? What are the cultural similarities and differences between Germany and Japan? Those are some of the questions discussed in the book. Five chapters embrace an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework including current research fields like Roboethics, Hermeneutics of Technologies, Technology Assessment, Robotics in Japanese Popular Culture and Music Robots. Contributions on cultural interrelations, technical visions and essays round the volume off. Most of the contributions in this book are based on the lectures of the conference “Future of Robotics in Germany and Japan” (TU Dresden, November 11-12, 2010), which was made possible and kindly supported by

• Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

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