New approaches are needed
"To rethink the development process of intelligent technologies, science urgently needs to switch to new approaches and methods," says Hornecker. This is why the research project brings together experts from several different fields such as sociology, human-computer interaction, design, robotics and AI, who bring a wide range of perspectives to the table. Their vision: Instead of humanoid "human replacement" robots, the scientists want to focus on intelligent robotic assistance systems. The aim of the project is to develop various ideas and practical concepts that support the work of caregivers as well as the emotional and physical well-being of the residents. Initially, the aim is not necessarily to develop functional prototypes. Rather, among other things, the scientists want to draw attention to new possibilities and methods as to how a needs-oriented and a more human attitude can be incorporated into research.
"To achieve this goal, we have to move away from the classic Silicon Valley method, whereby you have a new, innovative technical solution – and then you look for the problem to fit," says Andreas Bischof, a technology sociologist at Chemnitz University of Technology and one of the project initiators. "It makes sense to look at the problem first, without having the technology foremost in mind."