Debating the ethics of using robots in eldercare

A recent workshop in Oklahoma explored the ethics of using robots in caregiving settings.  The workshop, hosted by Oklahoma City University professors Ted Metzler and Susan Barnes focused on robot ethics, particularly in regard to elder care.

“There are two sides to this,” said Barnes, OCU’s chair of Transformative and Global Education. “One is, are we dealing with ethical questions when we assign robots to interact with humans who are elderly and vulnerable? The second is, can robots make ethical decisions, or decisions based on an ethical paradigm?

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