A Softwaremodule for an Ethical Elder Care Robot. Design and Implementation

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Catrin Misselhorn


The development of increasingly intelligent and autonomous technologies will eventually lead to these systems having to face morally problematic situations. This is particularly true of artificial systems that are used in geriatric care environments. The goal of this article is to describe how one can approach the design of an elder care robot which is capable of moral decision-making and moral learning. A conceptual design for the development of such a system is provided and the steps that are necessary to implement it are described.


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Misselhorn, C. (2019). A Softwaremodule for an Ethical Elder Care Robot. Design and Implementation. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(2), 68-81. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2019.2.7
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Catrin Misselhorn, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Catrin Misselhorn is professor of Philosophy at the University of Göttingen. From 2012 to 2019 she held the Chair for the Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Stuttgart. Prior she was visiting professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Zürich and the University of Tübingen. In 2003 she received her PhD at the University of Tübingen and in 2010 she finished her habilitation. 2007-2008 she was Feodor Lynen research fellow at the Center of Affective Sciences in Geneva, at the Collège de France and the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris. Her main research areas are philosophy of science and technology, epistemology, philosophy of mind, language and culture. Actually, she is working on philosophical problems in artificial intelligence, robot- and machine ethics and human-machine interaction. She is leading a number of third party funded projects on the ethical assessment of assistive systems in different areas, for instance, in care, at the workplace and in education. Recent book publications: Grundfragen der Maschinenethik, Stuttgart 2018 (third edition 2019) and Emotional Machines (co-edited with M. Klein), Wiesbaden (to appear 2020).


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