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Title Avoiding Improper Treatment of Dementia Patients by Care Robots
Author Martin Cooney and Linda Ong and Sepideh Pashami and Eric Järpe and Awais Ashfaq
Year 2019
PublicationType Conference Paper
Conference The Dark Side of Human-Robot Interaction: Ethical Considerations and Community Guidelines for the Field of HRI. HRI Workshop, Daegu, South Korea, March 11, 2019
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Abstract The phrase “most cruel and revolting crimes” has been used to describe some poor historical treatment of vulnerable impaired persons by precisely those who should have had the responsibility of protecting and helping them. We believe we might be poised to see history repeat itself, as increasingly humanlike aware robots become capable of engaging in behavior which we would consider immoral in a human–either unknowingly or deliberately. In the current paper we focus in particular on exploring some potential dangers affecting persons with dementia (PWD), which could arise from insufficient software or external factors, and describe a proposed solution involving rich causal models and accountability measures: Specifically, the Consequences of Needs-driven Dementia-compromised Behaviour model (C-NDB) could be adapted to be used with conversation topic detection, causal networks and multi-criteria decision making, alongside reports, audits, and deterrents. Our aim is that the considerations raised could help inform the design of care robots intended to support well-being in PWD.