Colloquium: Health Care, Capabilities, and AI Assistive Technologies

In this paper, I discuss four objections to introducing artificially intelligent assistive technologies in health care practices. I analyse them as demands for felt care, good care, private care, and real care. I argue that although these objections cannot stand as good reasons for a general and a priori rejection of these technologies, they demand us to clarify what is at stake, to develop more comprehensive criteria for good care, and to rethink existing practices of care. In response to these challenges, I suggest a capabilities approach to care and introduce the ‘Care Experience Machine’ thought experiment. I conclude that if we set the standards of care to high when evaluating AI Assistive Technologies, we have to reject many of our existing, low-tech practices.