Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 157–166 | Cite as

Freedom and Privacy in Ambient Intelligence

Abstract

This paper analyzes ethical aspects of the new paradigm of Ambient Intelligence, which is a combination of Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI’s). After an introduction to the approach, two key ethical dimensions will be analyzed: freedom and privacy. It is argued that Ambient Intelligence, though often designed to enhance freedom and control, has the potential to limit freedom and autonomy as well. Ambient Intelligence also harbors great privacy risks, and these are explored as well.

Keywords

Ambient Intelligence autonomy freedom Intelligent User Interfaces invisible computers privacy smart objects Ubiquitous Computing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, School of Behavioral SciencesUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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