Ethics of AI in Context: Sunit Das et al.

Ethics of AI in Context

Artificial Intelligence, Medical Diagnostics and the Limits of Certainty

It is estimated that physicians are unable to reach a diagnosis that accounts for their patient’s symptoms in nearly 90% of outpatient patient encounters. Many proponents of artificial intelligence (AI) look to the movement from data gathering to diagnosis as limited by the finite nature of human analytic capability, and consider AI as a mechanism by which to refine this process. This leads us to two divergent perceptions of uncertainty in decision-making. On one hand, some view uncertainty as a bug and argue that optimal decision-making is based on the minimization of uncertainty. On the other hand, uncertainty can be taken as a core feature of the decision-making process in an attempt to weigh various solutions against one another. Here, we make the argument, using the experiences of IBM Watson on Jeopardy! and Watson for Oncology as examples, that the latter is a more likely explanation. This conclusion has significant implications for how we are to understand the integration of artificial intelligence into medical practice.

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Vinyas Harish, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Felipe Morgado, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Sunit Das, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital & Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Tue, Jan 8, 2019
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin