Emerging technologies in domestic scenarios: designing 'ethical responsibility' at an early stage
This project is externally funded by the EPSRC
In 2017, an estimated 2 million UK adults experienced domestic abuse, a crime that is often not reported to police and entails “patterns of abusive behaviour to maintain power or control in a relationship”.
Recent research has revealed the potential for ‘smart’ technologies to be weaponized against victims of domestic abuse, termed as ‘smart abuse’ (e.g. using Internet of Things devices to control temperature, light and record victims).
However, there is also the potential for domestic robots to be similarly misused in this way, raising challenges regarding how to design them to act in an ethical manner to operate within complexities of domestic abuse.
This project aims to develop design guidelines that ensure domestic robot technologies do not facilitate domestic abuse.