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Revealing the ‘face’ of the robot introducting the ethics of Levinas to the field of robo-ethics

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Publication date21/07/2014
Host publicationMobile Service Robotics: CLAWAR 2014 17th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines Poznan, Poland, 21 – 23 July 2014
Editors Krzysztof Kozłowski, Mohammad O. Tokhi, Gurvinder S. Virk
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789814623360
ISBN (Print)9789814623346
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper explore the possibility of a new philosophical turn in robot-ethics, considering whether the concepts of Emanuel Levinas particularly his conception of the ‘face of the other’ can be used to understand how non-expert users interact with robots. The term ‘Robot’ comes from fiction and for non-experts and experts alike interaction with robots may be coloured by this history. This paper explores the ethics of robots (and the use of the term robot) that is based on the user seeing the robot as infinitely complex.