Techno-animism in Japan: Shinto Cosmograms, Actor-network Theory, and the Enabling Powers of Non-human Agencies

In a wide range of contemporary debates on Japanese cultures of technological practice, brief reference is often made to distinct Shinto legacies, as forming an animist substratum of indigenous spiritual beliefs and cosmological imaginations. Japan has been described as a land of Shinto-infused ‘techno-animism’: exhibiting a ‘polymorphous perversity’ that resolutely ignores boundaries between human, animal,…

Why We Need Better Ethics for Emerging Technologies

Technological revolutions are dissected into three stages: the introduction stage, the permeation stage, and the power stage. The information revolution is a primary example of this tripartite model. A hypothesis about ethics is proposed, namely, ethical problems increase as technological revolutions progress toward and into the power stage. Genetic technology, nanotechnology, and neurotechnology are good…

A cross-cultural study of acceptance and use of robotics by future psychology practitioners

Research in robotics has made available numerous possibilities and tools for further innovation in psychological practice. For instance, recent research provided many examples of possible applications of robots in the education and rehabilitation of people with learning difficulties and/or intellectual disabilities. In this paper, we present a study on how cultural backgrounds can influence the…

2015 State Of The Smart Home Report

In the spring of 2015, Icontrol Networks surveyed 1,600 consumers (1,000 from the United States and 600 from Canada) for our second annual State of the Smart Home report. Our inaugural report last year offered an honest look at drivers and barriers to smart home adoption. The 2015 report shows changes to these adoption indicators…

Are we ready for robots that care for us? Attitudes and opinions of older adults toward socially assistive robots

Socially Assistive Robots (SAR) may help improve care delivery at home for older adults with cognitive impairment and reduce the burden of informal caregivers. Examining the views of these stakeholders on SAR is fundamental in order to conceive acceptable and useful SAR for dementia care. This study investigated SAR acceptance among three groups of older…

Domestication as Design Intervention

The article reports on a study in which design prototypes were domesticated in different households in order to collect responses to them. These responses were then compared to the intentions that were articulated by the designers in a previous study, and embedded in the design of the design prototypes. The results indicate that some of…

Elderly persons’ perception and acceptance of using wireless sensor networks to assist healthcare

PURPOSE: This is an exploratory study carrying out qualitative research into the perceptions, attitudes and concerns of elderly persons towards wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies in terms of their application to healthcare. This work aims to provide guidance on the dimensions and items that may be included in the development of a more in-depth questionnaire…

GDI – ProductDetail – Digital Aging

Altern, sagt die Wissenschaft, ist der Übergang vom Wachstum der menschlichen Fähigkeiten zu deren Bewahrung. Doch diese Definition wird gerade herausgefordert. Erstens gestalten überaus gesunde und aktive Babyboomer das Pensionsalter neu. Zweitens investiert das Silicon Valley in Technologien, die das biologische Altern hinauszögern sollen – oder gar abschaffen.

What’s ‘home’ Got to do with it?

This article focuses on how we can understand the contradictory dynamics through which communications technologies have been domesticated at the same time that domesticity itself has been dislocated. The article addresses questions of historical periodization and the need for a more developed historical perspective on the futurological debates about the new technologies with which so…

Terminator Niches

The aim of this paper is to connect studies in cognitive niches with the diffusion of high-technologies, cyborgs and robots, so as to obtain a new framework for analyzing some dilemmas of future technological developments. Digital technologies dramatically boosted the niche constructing dynamics by allowing the construction of new informational environments and by the addition…