The REELER project aims at aligning the roboticists’ visions of a future with robots with empirically-based knowledge of human needs and societal concerns. Based on extensive robotics/SSH-RRI collaboration, it will offer proactive steps towards ethical and responsible robots by suggesting radical changes in current robot design procedures.
Moreover, this project will formulate guidelines in the REELER Roadmap for distributed responsibility among roboticists, users/affected stakeholders and policy-makers by closing the current gap between these. At the core of these guidelines is the concept of collaborative learning which permeates all aspects of REELER and will guide future SSH-ICT research. The main outcome is the research-based roadmap presenting:
a) ethical guidelines for Human Proximity Levels;
b) prescriptions for how to include the voice of new types of users and affected stakeholders through Mini-Publics and call forth roboticists’ assumptions via sociodrama;
c) an agent-based simulation tool for policy-making.