Ethical Implications Regarding Assistive Technology at Workplaces

Behrendt, Hauke; Funk, Markus; Korn, Oliver:
Assistive Systems for the Workplace: Towards Context-Aware Assistance

In: Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems. Springer, 2015. pp 109-130
DOI = 10.1007/978-3-319-15515-9_6


It is the purpose of this paper to address ethical issues concerning the development and application of Assistive Technology at Workplaces (ATW). We shall give a concrete technical concept how such technology might be constructed and propose eight technical functions it should adopt in order to serve its purpose.

Then, we discuss the normative questions why one should use ATW, and by what means. We argue that ATW is good to the extent that it ensures social inclusion and consider four normative domains in which its worth might consists in. In addition, we insist that ATW must satisfy two requirements of good workplaces, which we specify as

(a) an exploitation restraint and

(b) a duty of care.

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