People worldwide are living longer today and taking care of the aging population will become a significant challenge for society. Over 15% of the US population is over 65 years old and the number will continue to grow when more and more baby boomers retire. It is projected that by 2030, the number of retirees will make up 21% of the US population. The problem is that there will not be enough caregivers for the 76 million American seniors. Will the US follow Japan and turn to Social Robots for elderly care in the era of aging populations? Are Social Robots the solution to assist the elderly in their daily lives? This paper seeks to examine the challenges that our aging society faces, the ethical issues surrounding the use of social robots for elderly care, and the ethics of social robots in general.
Social Robots Ethics; Aging Population; Elderly Care