Towards a broader conceptualization of exit strategies in AAL projects

Towards a broader conceptualization of exit strategies in AAL projects

M. Rauhala, S. Oechsner, P. Ala-Siuru, M. Peyrot, E. Leinonen,

Proceedings of the AAL Forum 2012, Eindhoven

Corresponding authors: Marjo Rauhala (marjo.rauhala@fortec.tuwien.ac.at), Susanne Oechsner (Oechsner@fortec.tuwien.ac.at)

In this presentation we will introduce and discuss the meaning of the exit strategy of avoiding harm to the participants in the AAL context. Our reflection is based on a longstanding experience in ethics management of technology development projects which rely on close cooperation with future users. Whereas it is widely known that no participant in a technology research and development project should be subject to any risk of physical harm (at least beyond risk of minimal harm) we suggest that there may be a need to focus on a wider notion of harm, including those of social, financial, and psychological harm as part of a sustainable exit strategy.

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