Robots for Elderly Care Institutions: How They May Affect Elderly Care

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Abstract

"Welfare robots” are supposed to help maintain the quality of elderly care in institutions, while a dramatic demographic shift will lead to a significant problem attracting a sufficient number of caregivers. We give a status on the state of the art of welfare robots with a focus on the technical challenges that will constrain the development of robots in the next two decades. From this it follows, that robots will be recognizable as machines in the near future. To stay in concrete grounds, we will describe three use cases that are currently addressed in a project in which we design robots that will be applied in elderly care centers. These serve as examples of the kind of welfare robots that could realistically built in the near future. In the last section, we discuss the role such robots could take and how they could change elderly care in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvisioning Robots in Society – Power, Politics, and Public Space : Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018
EditorsMark Coeckelbergh, Janina Loh, Michael Funk, Johanna Seibt, Marco Nørskov
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date2018
Pages221-230
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-930-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-931-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018 - Wien, Austria
Duration: 14. Feb 201817. Feb 2018

Conference

ConferenceInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018
CountryAustria
CityWien
Period14/02/201817/02/2018
SeriesFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Volume311
ISSN0922-6389

Keywords

  • Elderly care
  • Social role of robots
  • Welfare robots

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