This volume investigates the ways emerging technologies in the fields of robotics and bio-robotics are influencing society. It necessarily considers both philosophical and technological study of robots, including what it means for robots to exist as good and moral entities, and how they benefit humans and enhance their quality of life. Contributors address artificial intelligence and social functions as well as technical matters. Chapters are wide-ranging, and consider robots in science fiction; the need for designers to create moral robots; specific technology; and the development of biological robots. Also addressed are robotic technologies already enhancing human bodies, such as exoskeletons that allow paraplegics to walk. The contributors foresee robots becoming involved not only in mundane domestic tasks such as washing dishes, but also in providing health care to the disabled and companionship to the elderly. This volume offers exciting philosophical reflections that unveil new connections between robotics and praxiology and their practical applications.

part |2 pages

Part One: Good Robots—Human Perspective

chapter |16 pages

How Good Robots Will Enhance Human Life,

ByKevin Warwick, Huma Shah, Anton Vedder, Elettra Stradella, Pericle Salvini

chapter |20 pages

The Good Assistive Robot for Elder Care,

ByCristina Urdiales, Roberta Annicchiarico, Ulises Cortés

chapter |16 pages

Unorthodox Thoughts about Good Robots Viewed Pragmatically and Praxiologically

ByPragmatically and Praxiologically, Zbigniew J. Gackowski

part |2 pages

Part Two: Good Robots—A Technological Perspective

chapter |26 pages

Towards Application-Oriented Navigation

ByAdam Borkowski

chapter |20 pages

Locomotion Mode Transition Control of a Multi-Locomotion Robot

ByRobot, Toshio Fukuda, Kosuke Sekiyama, Tadayoshi Aoyama, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, and Qiang Huang

part |2 pages

Part Three: Good Robots—Philosophical Perspective

chapter |12 pages

Robot Desires, Timo Airaksinen

chapter |12 pages

From Good Robots to Useful Intelligent Agents,

ByGrzegorz J. Nalepa

chapter |6 pages

Notes about the Authors