30/11/2022 (Wednesday) 11:00-12:00 E21B-G002

Social Robots and Research Ethics


It is already clear that data is being collected from humans with and through computers and other devices. Will the rapid dissemination of sensors, microphones, cameras, and other “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices usher in an age of ubiquitous data collection? I will discuss the consequences of using emerging technologies to collect types of data traditionally used in social science research. Advances in technologies in the realms of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, human augmentics, and machine learning portend significant changes to the practice of social science.


Steve Jones is UIC Distinguished Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-founder of the Association of Internet Researchers. Jones is Editor of New Media & Society and co-editor of Mobile Media & Communication. He is also co-editor of Digital Formations, a series of books on new media for Peter Lang Publishers. He has provided Internet consulting services to numerous corporations and not-for-profit organizations, and served as Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Internet & American Life Project.