Advanced AI and Healthcare: Is Consent in Jeopardy?
Presented by Jordan Joseph Wadden, PhD Candidate specializing in biomedical ethics
Some have suggested that the introduction of more and more advanced artificial intelligence to healthcare will run the risk of jeopardizing patient informed consent. However, these claims are stated as generalized reasons against artificial intelligence without significant exploration or analysis. I synthesize the existing statements and concerns regarding consent into two main arguments against artificial intelligence – I call these the Understandability Argument and the Personhood Argument. I argue that, while these challenges are theoretically reasonable, they do not practically map onto our desired applications. Instead, allowing these worries to dictate artificial intelligence policy and development in healthcare may hinder beneficial patient care.
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