Service Robots, Care Ethics, and Design

TitleService Robots, Care Ethics, and Design
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWynsberghe, A
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Date Published12/2016
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13881957
AbstractIt should not be a surprise in the near future to encounter either a personal or a professional service robot in our homes and/or our work places: according to the International Federation for Robots, there will be approx 35-million service robots at work by 2018. Given that individuals will interact and even cooperate with these service robots, their design and development demand ethical attention. With this in mind, I suggest the use of an approach for incorporating ethics into the design process of robots known as "care centered value sensitive design" (CCVSD). Although this approach was originally and intentionally designed for the healthcare domain, the aim of this paper is to present a preliminary study of how personal and professional service robots might also be evaluated using the CCVSD approach. The normative foundations for CCVSD come from its reliance on the care ethics tradition and in particular the use of care practices for (1) structuring the analysis and, (2) determining the values of ethical import. To apply CCVSD outside of health care, one must show that the robot has been integrated into a care practice. Accordingly, the practice into which the robot is to be used must be assessed and shown to meet the conditions of a care practice. By investigating the foundations of the approach, I hope to show why it may be applicable for service robots and further to give examples of current robot prototypes that can and cannot be evaluated using CCVSD.
NotesCover Date: DEC 2016.Source Info: 18(4), 311-321. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 51-1. Subject: APPLIED ETHICS; CARE ETHICS; ETHICS; HEALTH CARE; ROBOT; ROBOTICS; SERVICE. Update Code: 20180130.