Robotics After Recess: A Call for Enhanced Human-Robot Interaction Focus in Education
The trend toward robotics and automation are not only becoming ubiquitous across many sectors, but they are also advancing at more significant rates than ever before. With robots becoming more involved in the workplace and sometimes even our homes, humans need some level of understanding of robot mechanics, artificial intelligence, and our own anthropomorphic tendencies. If the general public’s vision of robots steers closer to iRobot than an ATM, or our behavioral lines between robot dogs and living dogs begin to blur, our human-human and human-robot interactions have the potential to suffer. As robots become more integrated, society needs exposure to these concepts from an early age to interact efficiently and intelligently. Examining the dangers of humans’ lack of understanding of robots, this paper takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining human-robot interaction (HRI) studies, early education research, and a computer literacy approach. This research asks the questions: What dangers result from a general public’s lack of HRI understanding? How can the formal education setting combat these potential societal dangers? This paper makes a call for formalized HRI education standards and introduces recommendations for how these standards can be implemented.
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