June 15 - 16, 2017
Connected robots for health: challenges for responsible robot design
- Felzmann Heike
Care robotics has been emerging as response to demographic and economic challenges in health care systems in the developed world and is receiving substantial amounts of funding by national and international funding bodies. Despite the strategic endorsement of care robotics as important area of technological innovation in health care and increasing attention to the development of care robots, there has been significant public unease about the entry of such robots into the domain of care and substantial ethical reflection on care robots has accompanied their development and introduction to care settings. Over recent years, care robots have undergone a transformation from being designed for very specific tasks to becoming multi-purpose information hubs that are highly connected with their environment and other systems. Such connected robots are characterised by complex distributed information flows that integrate a wide range of functions both internal and external to the robot. The proposed workshop will be engaging with the particular ethical challenges raised by this increasing connectedness of care robots. It will reflect on these challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives with the aim of specifying requirements for responsible robot design that may be able to address these concerns.