The Ethics of Therapeutic Robots for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
The use of robots as therapeutic tools for helping children with autism is an important growth area in robotics. Robots as ‘intermediaries’ or as ‘robot-enhanced’ devices are reshaping what it means to understand autism and how to help support those with the condition. This talk will explore the ways in which robotic science and psychiatry meet around the issue of autism. When therapy and robotics meet what are the kind of ethical issues are raised? What are the drawbacks and potentialities of such collaborations? The use of robots for children with autism speaks direct to the issue of what does it mean to be ‘social’ and the importance of sociality for what it means to be human. Can robotics machines become ‘social’? And how do researchers take into account important voices in the autism advocacy movement and disability and difference narratives.
A lecture as part of the Human-Robot Interaction Summer School, Finland
24th August to 29th August 2015