Abstract

Work in the field of machine medical ethics, especially as it applies to healthcare robots, generally focuses attention on controlling the decision-making capabilities and actions of autonomous machines for the sake of respecting the rights of human beings. Absent from much of the current literature is a consideration of the other side of this issue. That is, the question of machine rights or the moral standing of these socially situated and interactive technologies. This chapter investigates the moral situation of healthcare robots by examining how human beings should respond to these artificial entities that will increasingly come to care for us.


Type

Book Section

Publisher

Springer

Creators

Gunkel, David J. (Author)

Date

2015


Professional Fields