Project MATERIA – Menschen im Alter und Technik: ethisch-sozialwissenschaftliche Reflexion auf Inter-Aktion

Basic data

Acronym:
MATERIA
Title:
Menschen im Alter und Technik: ethisch-sozialwissenschaftliche Reflexion auf Inter-Aktion
Duration:
01/06/2013 to 31/01/2015
Abstract / short description:
The multiple challenges of demographic change are increasingly met with technological innovations, such as care robots, assistive technology for care-givers, intelligent technologies for ambient assisted living, and sensors which monitor body functions. These technologies are not supposed to serve as passive instruments but rather to act as active partners in combination with human care.

The question, however, is whether the technological progress contributes to the well-being of and provides a “good life” for the aged population: How can "good ageing" be defined and what are ethical criteria for technologies which address the needs of the elderly? How do these technologies shape the images of age and human action, how do they influence the interactions between older people and their (social) environment? Which assumptions and preconceptions of those who are cared for and their care-givers are inscribed in these technologies? Which concepts of ageing and care are reflected in the technology and in its implementation in specific contexts?


Project aims:

Starting with questions from ethics, social philosophy and the philosophy and ethics of technology, ethical issues in the contexts of “ageing and technology” are identified and reflected. As a preliminary project it aims to

- map current publicly funded research on technologies in the context of ageing from an ethical perspective
- develop recommendations for further public research funding.

The methodological approach of this preliminary project includes participatory research methods. Researchers and developers of technologies for elderly people and care givers, older people's associations and interested individuals are invited to attend two workshops to share their expert knowledge and to discuss the research findings.
Keywords:
Alter
Technik
ethics
Ethik

Involved staff

Managers

International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
Centers

Other staff

Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine
Non-clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine
Beimborn, Maria
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
Centers
Mühleck, Mara
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
Centers

Local organizational units

International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)
Centers
University of Tübingen

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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