Speaker Mark Coeckelbergh, of De Montfort University, explores "Masters, slaves, and robots: Reflections on automation, skill, and power in health care" at this Special Interest Group (SIG) for Health and Technology. The SIG is a cross-faculty innovation and collaboration group and the event leaders are welcoming external visitors to meet and connect.
He asks whether we should replace nurses by care robots, and questions if expert systems are better than human medical doctors, or if we want to give robot pets to the elderly.
Automation in health care raises many ethical questions. In this talk, Mark touche upon some of these questions by using the concept of the master-slave dialectic. In particular, he explores the impact of automation on skill and power relations in health care. He will critically discuss the implications of using "robot slaves" in healthcare, and draw conclusions for the role of health care workers and patients.
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