Robots - Inanimate or Living: To Evaluate the Receptivity of Xenobots by Indian Respondents

Authors

  • Aarav Agrawal Delhi Public School R K Puram - New Delhi
  • Saurav Debnath Alum: Hindu College, University of Delhi

Keywords:

Living Robots, Robots, Ethical Concerns, Receptivity, Technology

Abstract

As industrialization continues, the world is introduced to many challenges, such as Global Warming and Pollution. Even with adverse effects on the environment, synthetic materials continue to be commonly used. To tackle this, scientists from the University of Vermont combined the fields of AI and bio-technology to develop a robot capable of performing specific functions e.g, locomoting and manipulating objects, using cells. Other than reducing the use of synthetic materials, this robot can directly help in collecting microplastics from the ocean, while being biodegradable. With time, as manufacturing gets automated, the capability of these robots will be widened. Though it’s not an immediate concern,, the idea of a living robot can be seen to come with many ethical concerns. To understand the reservations it can create, this research paper intends to evaluate the receptivity of Xenobots by high-school students and teachers. A total of 30 respondents from various urban and suburban locations of the country were surveyed on their knowledge and interest of Xenobots, before and after watching an informational video, and their thoughts on its ethical concerns and effectiveness were collected from open-ended questions. Qualitative and Quantitative tools such as t-tests, mean, SD tests and thematic analysis were used to study the accumulated data. The video positively impacted their rating of knowledge, however interest remained equally high. Further thematic analysis revealed that respondents were doubtful about its usefulness as well as its drawbacks, which notifies aspiring companies and governments that it might be too soon for such technology.

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Author Biography

Saurav Debnath, Alum: Hindu College, University of Delhi

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References or Bibliography

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Published

06-15-2022

How to Cite

Agrawal, A., & Debnath, S. (2022). Robots - Inanimate or Living: To Evaluate the Receptivity of Xenobots by Indian Respondents. Journal of Student Research. Retrieved from https://jsr.org/hs/index.php/path/article/view/2771

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