Clear Speaking about Machines: People are Exploring Mars, Not Robots

William J. Clancey

The primary responsibility of all scientists is to ensure the integrity of their work. For cognitive and social scientists, this means first and foremost preserving clarity about what we know about people, and not allowing descriptions of technology to demean or obscure the reality of how people think, behave, and live. Without this clarity, engineering requirements analyses, tool design, and evaluations of people will be confused. A sharp, uncompromising understanding about the nature of people is essential if we are to design and fit new technologies that are appropriate and successful for NASA’s mission operations.

Subjects: 9.4 Philosophical Foundations; 17. Robotics

Submitted: May 11, 2006

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