November Meetup: The ethics of AI in medicine

November Meetup: The ethics of AI in medicine

Posted on behalf of Ethical Reading

IBM’s Watson for Oncology is an artificial intelligence that reads patient medical records and makes treatment recommendations based on the patient’s history. Because Watson is a ‘black box’, doctors cannot ‘look inside’ to see the rationale behind a recommended treatment.

How can we make sense of informed consent in an age of artificial doctors, when standardly informed consent requires that patients understand the rationale behind a treatment recommendation?

This talk examines what informed consent might look like in a future containing artificial doctors, and considers the implications for algorithmic decision-making in other areas such as finance and advertising.


6.30-7:00 pm: Arrive and meet other attendees 
7:00-7.05 pm: Welcome and introduction
7.05-7.30 pm: Talk by the main speaker
7.30-8.20 pm: Discussion in breakout groups with feedback
8.20-8.30 pm: Wrap-up and mentions of relevant upcoming events etc*
8.30-9.00 pm: For those who wish, continue conversations by the bar

* Please let us know in advance if you would like to mention something

About the speaker - Geoff Keeling

Geoff Keeling is a Research Assistant at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He is also a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Bristol. Geoff is interested in the ethics of artificial intelligence, and how we can make ethical decisions when we are uncertain about the consequences of our actions.

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26 Nov 2019 at 6:30pm
until 26 Nov 2019 at 9:00pm
The Firefly Cellar Bar
The Three Guineas

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