Books  |    |  June 2, 2015

Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation

Book by Aimee van Wynsberghe.
Published by Routledge.
166 pages.

This study deals with an underexplored area of the emerging technologies debate: robotics in the healthcare setting. The author explores the role of care and develops a value-sensitive ethical framework for the eventual employment of care robots. Highlighting the range of positive and negative aspects associated with the initiative to design and use care robots, it draws out essential content as a guide to future design both reinforcing this study’s contemporary relevance, and giving weight to its prescriptions. The book speaks to, and is meant to be read by, a range of disciplines from science and engineering to philosophers and ethicists.

Table of Contents

  • Designing robots with care
  • Understanding care in context
  • Robots and robot capabilities
  • What is a care robot?
  • A framework for evaluating the design of care robots
  • Care robots and the practice of lifting
  • The future design of care robots : the care centered value sensitive design approach
  • Conclusion : implementing care robots with care

About the Author

Aimee van Wynsberghe studied cell biology while working in a robotics lab. Her experiences at the lab led her to ask questions concerning the ethics of using robots in surgical procedures. Aimee is currently a post doctoral researcher at the University of Twente, the Netherlands and is working as an ethics adviser for a technical institute at the university.