Beyond Robot Therapy: Embodied AI, Mental Healthcare, and Value Sensitive Design

Tomi Kokkonen*, Nils Ehrenberg, Polaris Koi, Pii Telakivi, Tuomas Vesterinen

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Our workshop envisions what we call “robotic home” and how smart home technology could be used as a tool for increasing mental health. “Robotic home” is an integrated system of smart home and robotic technologies that is proactive and interactive with the inhabitant. We focus on the possibility of such technology to be used for enhancing mental health. This could be achieved both through therapeutic functions and by assisting in the aspects of regular life that the inhabitant may have difficulties with because of their condition. Technology like this could make the very home effectively a behavioral therapist. Furthermore, we explore what kind of ethical risks are involved, and how to minimize the risks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robots in Social Institutions: Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022
EditorsRaul Hakli, Pekka Mäkelä, Johanna Seibt
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-375-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-374-4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventRobophilosophy: Social Robots in Social Institutions - University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 16 Aug 202219 Aug 2022
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


Abbreviated titleRP2022
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