Title: Robots, Genes and Bytes: Technology Development and Social Changes Towards the Year 2020
Authors: KYRIAKOU DimitriosLÓPEZ PELÁEZ Antonio
Citation: TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING AND SOCIAL CHANGE vol. 75 no. 8 p. 1176-1201
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC49072
ISSN: 0040-1625
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49072
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2008.01.002
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Scientific and technological policy has become a key activity in contemporary societies. In this context we present different projections about the evolution of science and technology in the area of robotics and advanced automation, which in turn shapes the new possibilities and risks emerging in this area in the future. This goes hand-in-hand with an analysis of the interaction of such trajectories with the social context from which they emanate. This interaction reinforces the need for establishing the probable sequence of technological innovation; analysing the impacts on economy and society; and providing qualified information for decision-making, both in policy and business. In this article, we present the results of the prospective research carried out in the field of robotics and advanced automation, paying special attention to the transformation trends of organizations, and the integration of robots in daily life and leisure, and underscoring potential repercussions which may deserve more attention and further research.
JRC Institute:Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

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