Abstract: This presentation will consider several use cases for robots in aged care. The audience will participate in raising socio-ethical issues of concern. These may be positions for robots to be used in aged care, or against robot use in aged care. For example, can robots help the elderly get out of bed, and get dressed? Might they make good companions to stave off loneliness or depression? Or might robots motivate the aged toward reaching news levels of fitness, instructing them in daily light aerobic activity? This presentation will discuss what we imagine robots to look like, whether or not robots are welcome by the ageing population, and what some of the risks might be if robots are considered a replacement for skilled people.
Biography: Professor Katina Michael is in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is presently the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine Editor in Chief, and the Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She researches the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has several special issues calling for papers presently on themes related to ethical robots, machine ethics, and ethically-designed robots.