Ethics

Which ethical questions arise with the increased use of robots in healthcare and education? Can and should robot engineers anticipate and (thus maybe) prevent ethical problems before consumers adopt robots? Which existing ethical frameworks and theories are useful in the context of robots in healthcare and education? What is the role of software and algorithms in creating ethical robots? What is the role of education in making users aware of ethical issues around robots and pointing them towards responsible uses? Which ethical codes should HRI researchers – especially in healthcare and education – follow? Which ethical codes should healthcare and education practitioners who use robots follow to maintain patient and student dignity? Which ethical codes should robots themselves follow? Should robots have personal rights? Participants will present insights from large- and small-scale research projects, but also share stories of success, failure, and lessons from practice, in order to build a common foundation and work towards a robot code of ethics for healthcare and education that is grounded in practice. Ethical issues will revolve around the role of engineers (“What is an ethical robot engineer?”), the technology itself (“What is an ethical robot?”) and the users (“What is an ethical user?”).