Networked assistance and value pluralism: User perspectives of technical assistance systems in the context of cognitive impairments

Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda (Ethics in Medicine)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Hein (Computer Science, Engineering, Medical Device Technologies)

In increasingly pluralistic societies, value differences or value conflicts between carers and cared-for persons as well as other members of the care network are becoming more likely. Their resolution can be even more difficult when cognitive impairments hamper the discussion of personal views and attitudes. This doctoral project aims to examine moral expectations and moral conflicts regarding hearables among different stakeholders (users with and without cognitive impairments, relatives, professional nurses) in order to take them into account in technology development. To this end, it combines methods of qualitative research, ethical analysis, and participatory co-design.

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