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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

We examine ethical issues arising in connection with the use of devices or systems that enable an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise have difficulty with or be unable to do.

Such devices include simple home adaptations and mobility aids, as well as more hi-tech gadgets used in ‘telecare’ and ‘telehealth’, such as monitors and sensors that incorporate alerts to a third party.

Ethical issues typically examined include:

  • The potential of AT to further isolate vulnerable people by reducing human interaction
  • Risks to autonomy or privacy from the monitoring of people – particularly those with cognitive impairments


      A project on care robots for the elderly.


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      A project on robots guiding children through a museum or gallery.


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