To delegate or not to delegate: Care robots, moral agency and moral responsibility

Aimee van Wynsberghe

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Abstract

The use of robots in healthcare is on the rise, from robots to assist with lifting, bathing and feeding, to robots used for social companionship. Given that the tradition and professionalization of medicine and nursing has been grounded on the fact that care providers can assume moral responsibility for the outcome of medical interventions, we must ask whether or not a robot can assume moral responsibility for the outcome of its actions. In this paper I discuss the issue of moral agency and moral responsibility in terms of care robots and care contexts. With an understanding that the roles of care robots need to be limited to prevent the delegation of tasks which require moral responsibility, I discuss the design of a robot prototype using a method for the design of future robots tailored to addressing ethical concerns. This approach is called the Care Centered Value Sensitive Design approach and reveals itself to be the most promising method for integrating ethical deliberation into the design of future care robots
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014
Event50th Anniversary AISB Convention 2014 - Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20144 Apr 2014
http://www.aisb50.org/

Conference

Conference50th Anniversary AISB Convention 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period1/04/144/04/14
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