Preserving Personal Perspectives in Coaching Technology

Marcus Westberg*, Monika Jingar

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Robots and digital agents find their way in an increasing number of areas in our everyday lives. In this paper we look at the history of coaching devices and their impact on our health and lifestyle, as well as the emergence of coaching robots. We explore the worry that a growing entanglement with coaching technology that quantify our lives may reduce or invalidate the user's personal experiences and preferences. We propose that the kind of bond that should be formed between user and technology is one that engenders trust while maintaining contextual and user-focused perspectives, in order to preserve personal values and autonomy, as well as the possibility of coaching robots being able to provide these kinds of bonding interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics - Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Norskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681542
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Conference on Robophilosophy 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics - Virtual, Online, Denmark
Duration: 18 Aug 202021 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


Conference4th Conference on Robophilosophy 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics
CityVirtual, Online


  • autonomy
  • digital coaching
  • embodied cognition
  • Human-computer interaction


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