Responsible artificial intelligence in long-term care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely positioned to become a key element of intelligent technologies used in the long-term care (LTC) for older adults. The increasing relevance and adoption of AI has encouraged debate over the societal and ethical implications of introducing and scaling AI. 

In a scoping review, Vilans researchers investigate how the design and implementation of AI technologies in LTC is addressed responsibly: so called responsible innovation (RI). The review, Towards Responsible Artificial Intelligence in Long-term Care: A Scoping Review on Practical Approaches, is now online and available on the The Gerontologist website. The paper provides directions for AI researchers and practitioners on how AI technologies such as care robots and surveillance technologies can be responsibly designed and implemented.

Context of use

The review underlines the importance of the context of use when addressing responsible AI innovation in long-term care. However, it states that limited empirical evidence actually details how responsible AI innovation is addressed in context. The researchers recommend expanding empirical studies on Responsible Innovation (RI) at the level of specific AI technologies and their local contexts of use. They also call for more specific frameworks for responsible AI innovation in long-term care to flexibly guide researchers and innovators.

Authors: Lukkien, D.R.M., Nap, H.H., Buimer, H.P., Peine, A., Boon, W.P., Ket, J.C., M. Minkman & Moors, E.H.M.

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