(Wednesday) 15:30 - 16:30
Sheffield Robotics Seminar: Dr. Julie Robillard, Assistant Professor of Neurology University of British Columbia Pam Liversidge Building, Floor A, Lecture Theatre 1 3.30pm - 4.30pm Abstract Improving independence and quality of life for older
Sheffield Robotics Seminar: Dr. Julie Robillard, Assistant Professor of Neurology University of British Columbia
Pam Liversidge Building, Floor A, Lecture Theatre 1
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Improving independence and quality of life for older adults can be realized by complementing human care with assistive technologies. A wide range of assistive technologies, from social robots to mobile apps, are promising in their potential to support aging in place and promote the cognitive health of older adults and their caregivers. Despite these benefits, real-world implementation of many assistive technologies has been slow. Barriers to adoption include lack of older adult input in the design and development of these solutions, overly optimistic expectations about the capabilities of technology and artificial intelligence, lack of emotional alignment between technology solutions and their end-users, and ethical concerns such as infantilization, deception and privacy. These barriers result largely from a traditional, siloed development process that ignores the vital interplay between disciplines necessary for the development of solutions that will be readily adopted and beneficial for users. To close the gap between technology research, ethics and implementation, here we introduce the concept of “ethical adoption”: the deep integration of ethical principles into the design, development, deployment, and ongoing usage and management of technology. Ethical adoption proposes 18 practical recommendations distributed across five pillars which span the technology research and development process: 1) inclusive participatory design; 2) emotional alignment; 3) adoption modelling; 4) ethical standards assessment; 5) education and training. Through the implementation of these recommendations, researchers and technology developers alike can benefit from evidence-informed guidance to ensure their technology solutions are adopted in a way that maximizes the benefits to end-users while minimizing possible harms.
Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia, Scientist in Patient Experience at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Director of the Neuroscience, Engagement and Smart Tech (NEST) lab. She is Chair of the Ethical, Legal, Social Impacts Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, a member of the Technology and Dementia Executive Committee of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatments, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Development Centre of British Columbia. Dr. Robillard brings her multidisciplinary background in neuroscience and biomedical ethics to the study of issues the intersection of aging, health and technology. Her current work focuses on the evaluation of the patient experience of brain health technology and on the integration of artificial intelligence in technology for older adults.