Cui bono? The pros and cons of robotics in geriatric care
Results of a representative survey in Germany
Due to the demographic change, an increasing gap between growing numbers of elderly people in need of care and a shrinking labor force in the professional care sector is expected. The use of nursing robots is discussed as an option to mitigate this problem. Based on TechnikRadar (2018), a representative survey of the German population, the authors discuss the acceptability of nursing robots by the German public. The results of these analyses demonstrate that the perception of nursing robots depends on the context and the expected societal consequences of their use. The authors problematize whether, in a rapidly digitalizing society, technological solutions will be developed beyond the needs, expectations, and competences of potential users, leading to both resistance and alienation.
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