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Ambient Assistive Technology Considered Harmful

Abstract

Ambient assistive technology (AAT) is envisioned as a powerful tool for facing the growing demands the demographic change toward an aging society puts on care. While AAT is often expected to increase the quality of life of older people, this paper holds that relevant interventions often embody values that can contradict such visions, and in some cases even be harmful to care receivers. We argue that the strong focus AAT puts on illness and risk management reflects a medical model of care, which often disregards the psychosocial challenges that impairments and disabilities associated with old age can rise. We suggest that design of AAT could benefit from using the social model of care as design inspiration and value foundation. Such an approach puts focus on the person rather than the illness. The paper ends by providing a short description of work in which the social model of care is adopted as a basis for design of AAT

Category

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Yngve Dahl
  • Babak Farshchian
  • Anders Kofod-Petersen
  • Silje Bøthun
  • Kristine Holbø
  • Jarl Reitan

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Software Engineering, Safety and Security
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research

Year

2013

Publisher

Springer

Book

Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Applications and Services for Quality of Life. 7th International Conference, UAHCI 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013, Proceedings, Part III

Issue

part 3

ISBN

978-3-642-39193-4

Page(s)

38 - 47

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