Social and Ethical Aspects of Automation

Mary Doyle Kent, Peter Kopacek

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This contribution deals with social and ethical aspects of automation. Because of the fast development of manufacturing automation, especially in the field of robotics, there is increasing emphasis on using modern robotics in Production 4 (5).0. Therefore, the main goal of this contribution is to give an overview about the state of the art and further development trends in this field. Special emphasis will be on new approaches like the new generation of collaborative robots (COBOTS). This yields to new questions in ethical and social sciences like the education of the operators (robocooperators). For the first time legal aspects of robots in manufacturing automation and their influences on ethics and social issues are introduced and shortly discussed with special emphasis to SME’s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Conversion on the Way to Industry 4.0 - Selected Papers from ISPR2020, 2020 Online - Turkey
EditorsNuman M. Durakbasa, M. Güneş Gençyılmaz
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030627836
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Symposium for Production Research, ISPR 2020 - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 24 Sep 202026 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


ConferenceInternational Symposium for Production Research, ISPR 2020


  • Automation
  • Engineering education
  • Engineering ethics
  • Industry 4.0
  • Social aspects of technology


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