Aging between Participation and Simulation - Ethical Dimensions of Socially Assistive Technologies

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: digitas@rub.de
Deadline: 15.11.2018
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Abstracts
Ort: Bochum, Germany
Datum: 04.02.2019
Uhrzeit: 08:00 Uhr
Ende: 08.02.2019 14:00
Veranstaltende Institution: Ruhr-University Bochum

In future, an increasing number of elderly people will be reliant on the healthcare system. The emerging resource crisis will affect the right to social participation, wellbeing and autonomy of older or impaired people. Social assistive technologies promise to preserve individual rights by supporting their users in their daily environment. However, socially assistive technologies raise difficult ethical questions about their ability to deception. Social assistive devices often create illusions and simulations. They can fool their users into social-like empathic relationships or manipulate their environment and beliefs. Isn’t that morally questionable? Should we use such technologies in the care of elderly? And if we do that: How should we use it?

This interdisciplinary conference will reflect on the use of simulation and deception in social assistive technologies in care and medicine from ethical, legal and socio-cultural perspectives.


The conference addresses early stage researchers from different disciplines. Researchers from different countries (especially Germany, Switzerland and other European countries) are invited to present their research projects, to discuss them with leading experts and to contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse.


Applicants are asked to submit an abstract in English on the topics mentioned above (250-500 words) along with a short CV via e-mail to digitas@rub.de to arrive by 15 November 2018.

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