The Complexity of Autonomy: A Consideration of the Impacts of Care Robots on the Autonomy of Elderly Care Receivers

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Abstract

Elderly care receivers are extensively and profoundly affected by interacting with care robots. This paper focuses on autonomy as a core value in elderly care and demonstrates its complexity. Few studies have been able to address this complexity in elderly care in the robot era. Therefore, a taxonomy of autonomy is introduced to discern the complexity and tailored as a tool to evaluate ethical aspects of the effects of care robots on autonomy in elderly care. It concludes that this taxonomy is instrumental for impact assessments of care robots on care receivers' autonomy both retrospectively and prospectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics - Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Norskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
PublisherIOS Press
Pages316-325
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681542
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
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
Volume335
ISSN (Print)0922-6389

Conference

Conference4th Conference on Robophilosophy 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics
CountryDenmark
CityVirtual, Online
Period18/08/2021/08/20

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • care receivers
  • care robots
  • elderly care

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