Towards ethical and sustainable technology-supported ageing at home in Finland – KATI programme

Heidi Anttila, Marketta Niemelä, Minna Anttila, Satu Pekkarinen, Jaana Hallamaa, Jani Koskinen

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    The population of Finland is ageing with greater demand for health and social care; homecare workers are over-burdened with keeping up with this change whilst ageing themselves. Technology is seen as one of the most promising solutions to tackling these challenges. In the national KATI programme, six regional projects will implement technology solutions and adopt new technology-based practices in a coordinated manner to support the ageing of older people at home as well as the homecare professionals and services. In this article, we give an overview of the variety of technology solutions being implemented and the first ethical questions that have been raised by the projects in the early phase. Thereafter, we highlight three different theoretical approaches that support the ethical and sustainable technology implementation advanced by the programme. The approaches 1) emphasize the holistic perspective on the health of the older person and the method of discourse ethics to seek for consensus about the technology solutions, 2) learn from safety research and the change theory for better ethical design of AI systems, and 3) analyse the technology implementations and the programme from a systemic perspective within the framework of socio-technological transition. Our expectation is that the approaches will provide theoretical tools and heuristics that can be used to ensure that the ultimate goal of the KATI programme, a national, continuing collaborative model of technology-supported ageing and care of older people at home, will be ethical and sustainable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Technology Ethics
    Subtitle of host publicationTurku, Finland, October, 20-22, 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2021
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventConference on Technology Ethics – Tethics 2021 - University of Turku, Turku, Finland
    Duration: 20 Oct 202122 Oct 2021 (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings


    ConferenceConference on Technology Ethics – Tethics 2021
    Abbreviated titleTethics 2021
    Internet address


    • Ageing
    • Home care
    • AI
    • Ethics


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