How I learned to love the robot: capabilities, information technologies, and elderly care


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Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. (2012) How I learned to love the robot: capabilities, information technologies, and elderly care. In: The capability approach, technology and design. Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, 5, Part 2 . Springer, Dordrecht, 77 - 86. ISBN 9789400738782

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Abstract:Information technologies seem promising when it comes to improving elderly care, but they also raise ethical worries, for example about privacy, human contact, and justice. This paper argues that the capability approach is a helpful tool to make explicit what is at stake in this context and to discuss the relevant ethical issues. However, it is also proposed that we modify the capability approach by adopting a non-instrumental view of technology that takes into account how particular technologies change the meaning of the capabilities. This idea is further developed into suggestions for an ethical-hermeneutical interpretation of the capability approach, which involves the use of techno-moral imagination. To illustrate this, the paper explores and discusses an elderly care scenario in which people’s capabilities for social affiliation and engagement in relations with non-humans are transformed by information technology.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3879-9_5
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