University of Hertfordshire

By the same authors

View graph of relations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
EditorsMichael Beetz, Benjamin Johnston, Mary-Anne Williams
PublisherSpringer-Verlag, (Berlin-Heidelberg)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319119724
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014
Event6th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2014 - Sydney, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 201429 Oct 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom


We briefly report the method and four findings of a large-scale qualitative study of potential users’ views on the ethical values that should govern the design and programming of social robots for older people. 21 focus groups were convened in the UK, France and the Netherlands. We present and briefly discuss our data on: 1) the contrasting attitudes of older people and formal and informal carers about how well technology might be received by older users; 2) views about healthcare professionals, informal and formal carers having access to private information about householders that has been collected by the robot; 3) the belief that robots could not, as well as should not, replace human contact because persuasion is regarded a uniquely human skill; and 4) differing perceptions of the role of the robot and how this was used to justify ethical opinions on robot behavior.

ID: 7921955