Ethical questions in the area of age appropriate assisting systems

Results of the study "Ethical questions in the area of age appropriate assisting systems"

The aims of the ten-month accompanying study (January until October 2012) were

  • to identify the key ethical problems in the use of age appropriate assisting systems and to do so using ongoing funding projects, empirical investigations and theoretical studies,
  • to provide players in the field (research and development, suppliers and users) with an ethical toolset which enables them to identify ethical problems and tackle them constructively,
  • to formulate guidelines providing ethical orientation for public and private work in the field. The study also provides:
  • a critical review of key ethical tipping points and areas of conflict that can arise when using age appropriate assisting systems and which should therefore be considered early on. This then connects to:
  • an outlook on further research that is required.