Robotic Nudges: The Ethics of Engineering a More Socially Just Human Being

TitleRobotic Nudges: The Ethics of Engineering a More Socially Just Human Being
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBorenstein, J, Arkin, R
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsAutonomy , design , ENGINEERING , HUMAN-robot , Moral , NUDGE , Nudges , PATERNALISM , RAWLS , Robot , ROBOTS , SOCIAL , Technological
AbstractRobots are becoming an increasingly pervasive feature of our personal lives. As a result, there is growing importance placed on examining what constitutes appropriate behavior when they interact with human beings. In this paper, we discuss whether companion robots should be permitted to 'nudge' their human users in the direction of being 'more ethical'. More specifically, we use Rawlsian principles of justice to illustrate how robots might nurture 'socially just' tendencies in their human counterparts. Designing technological artifacts in such a way to influence human behavior is already well-established but merely because the practice is commonplace does not necessarily resolve the ethical issues associated with its implementation. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Science & Engineering Ethics is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesBorenstein, Jason 1; Email Address: Arkin, Ron 2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Director of Graduate Research Ethics Programs, School of Public Policy and Office of Graduate Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA 2: School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA; Source Info: Feb2016, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p31; Subject Term: NUDGE theory; Subject Term: ROBOTS; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics; Subject Term: HUMAN-robot interaction; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGICAL innovations; Subject Term: PATERNALISM; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Autonomy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Design ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Nudges; Author-Supplied Keyword: Paternalism; Author-Supplied Keyword: Rawls; Author-Supplied Keyword: Robot companions; Author-Supplied Keyword: Robot ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social justice; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article