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A taxonomy of ethical, legal and social implications of wearable robots: an expert perspective

A taxonomy of ethical, legal and social implications of wearable robots: an expert perspective
A taxonomy of ethical, legal and social implications of wearable robots: an expert perspective

Wearable robots and exoskeletons are relatively new technologies designed for assisting and augmenting human motor functions. Due to their different possible design applications and their intimate connection to the human body, they come with specific ethical, legal, and social issues (ELS), which have not been much explored in the recent ELS literature. This paper draws on expert consultations and a literature review to provide a taxonomy of the most important ethical, legal, and social issues of wearable robots. These issues are categorized in (1) wearable robots and the self, (2) wearable robots and the other, and (3) wearable robots in society.

ELSI, Ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) aspects, Exoskeleton, Taxonomy, Wearable robots
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Kapeller, Alexandra
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Felzmann, Heike
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Hughes, Ann-marie
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Kapeller, Alexandra
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Felzmann, Heike
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Fosch-villaronga, Eduard
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Hughes, Ann-marie
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Kapeller, Alexandra, Felzmann, Heike, Fosch-villaronga, Eduard and Hughes, Ann-marie (2020) A taxonomy of ethical, legal and social implications of wearable robots: an expert perspective. Science and Engineering Ethics, 26 (6), 3229-3247. (doi:10.1007/s11948-020-00268-4).

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Wearable robots and exoskeletons are relatively new technologies designed for assisting and augmenting human motor functions. Due to their different possible design applications and their intimate connection to the human body, they come with specific ethical, legal, and social issues (ELS), which have not been much explored in the recent ELS literature. This paper draws on expert consultations and a literature review to provide a taxonomy of the most important ethical, legal, and social issues of wearable robots. These issues are categorized in (1) wearable robots and the self, (2) wearable robots and the other, and (3) wearable robots in society.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 September 2020
Published date: 29 September 2020
Keywords: ELSI, Ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) aspects, Exoskeleton, Taxonomy, Wearable robots

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Local EPrints ID: 444733
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444733
ISSN: 1353-3452
PURE UUID: 8bbe0cb6-e3f0-4136-8651-7f95395b8096
ORCID for Ann-marie Hughes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3958-8206

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Date deposited: 02 Nov 2020 17:32
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 02:50

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Author: Alexandra Kapeller
Author: Heike Felzmann
Author: Eduard Fosch-villaronga

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