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Ethics in information and communication technologies: training the elderly in making gerontechnology accessible

Ethics in information and communication technologies: training the elderly in making gerontechnology accessible

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Technologies have become an integral part of our daily lives and have contributed to the pace of history. Thus, our societies are made up of multiple generations who have diverse expectations and experiences with technology. On the other hand, ageing generations are not equal in the interest and the use of technological tools. By using a multidisciplinary approach, our chapter proposes to clarify the characteristics of the ageing generations and to reflect on the principles of adaptation and acceptability of gerontechnologies. Our contribution therefore wishes to articulate the shared challenges between the technological and social gerontological domains in order to think beyond a commercial logic and to base the technological innovation more on the complex needs expressed by the elders and their families. To this end, we discuss the limits to overcome and the ethical stakes to pursue in order to develop participatory approaches that ensure both social innovation and economic development.

Chapter Contents:

  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Generation effect
  • 4.3 Gerontechnology is a neologism vector of the future
  • 4.4 Pitfalls to be avoided
  • 4.5 Ethical issues at stake
  • 4.6 Identification of needs, the keystone of reflection
  • 4.7 Need for acceptability, the secret of success
  • 4.8 Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Biographies

Inspec keywords: innovation management; geriatrics; social sciences; ethical aspects

Other keywords: economic development; social gerontological domains; technological innovation; commercial logic; ageing generations; social innovation; accessible gerontechnology; ethical stakes; information and communication technologies; technological gerontological domains; elderly training

Subjects: Economic, social and political aspects of computing

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