Keynote Session: “NOT ‘KIDS THESE DAYS…’, IT’S ‘SENIORS THESE DAYS…’: ETHICAL ISSUES WITH OLDER TECHNOLOGY USERS”

02 Nov 2019
15:00 - 16:30
University Suites Multipurpose Room
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University Suites, 1780 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Keynote Session: “NOT ‘KIDS THESE DAYS…’, IT’S ‘SENIORS THESE DAYS…’: ETHICAL ISSUES WITH OLDER TECHNOLOGY USERS”

While emerging technologies are often associated with young people and youthfulness, this overlooks an important issue: what happens when emerging technologies interact with seniors. People over 65 play a disproportionate role in the spreading of misinformation online. Caregiving robots are often intended to assist with or offset human work in geriatric care, which requires confronting both past and present antagonistic behavior by these patients. By attending to relational features that show promise in correcting moral errors among the elderly, it becomes apparent that trusting relationships provide both hope for rectification and reason to address those same wrongdoings. Engagement with the detailed accounts of filial piety available in the scholarship on Confucian ethics provides resources for thinking about how to preserve relationships with the elderly without subjecting ourselves to harm or licensing their misbehavior. What emerges is an injunction to take this wrongdoing seriously, while at the same time preserving affective bonds.