Robotics and Care

In view of the growing number of people in need of care in Germany and the urgent infrastructural, personnel and financial issues involved, politics and research increasingly turn to robotic solutions, while their concrete benefits and influence on care practice and the relevant actors are the subject of controversial discussions.

The German Ethics Council takes up on current debates and looks at the use of robotic technologies in care. The focus is on the opportunities for the increased use of robotics in care from the point of view of people in need of care, (caring) relatives and caregivers as well as care professionals. Especially with regard to the various robot technologies, from assistance and monitoring robots to companion robots, there are very different evaluation perspectives that require deeper analysis.

The aim of the Opinion is to examine the complex normative issues in the development and application of robotic systems in care, taking into account current robot technologies and their possible uses.