Robots for elderly care institutions

Norbert Krüger, Leon Bodenhagen, William Kristian Juel

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In this paper we raise questions about the ethically appropriate use of welfare robots. As engineers, we proceed from concrete examples. We present certain use cases for ”welfare robots” that are supposed to help to maintain the quality of elder care in a Danish institution, while a dramatic demographic shift will lead to a significant problem to attract a sufficient number of ”warm hands”. In relation to these applications we describe the technical challenges in the area of ”welfare robotics” and consider how these interact with the ethical dimension of the application. We formulate three hypotheses for the ethically appropriate use of welfare robots that we hope to discuss with philosophers, thereby testing the very possibility (or necessity-?) of interdisciplinary collaborations in Robophilosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018 - Wien, Austria
Duration: 14. Feb 201817. Feb 2018


ConferenceInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018


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