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Why does artificial intelligence lie to human patients?

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has a long-running documentary television series called “Horizon”, which explores science and philosophy related topics. In its latest episode debut on 1 November, the 60-minute program tells the emergence of artificial intelligence and its impact on healthcare. However, instead of showcasing a series of possibilities new technologies have created on…

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The Trolley Problem for medical artificial intelligence

The discussion of ethics in artificial intelligence is on the table again when researchers from the Media Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published the results of The Moral Machine experiment on Nature last week. This thought experiment embarked in 2014, when a game-like platform was set up to crowdsource people’s opinions on how…

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Is virtual reality suitable for treating addiction?

A decade ago, when Mark Zachary Rosenthal, present associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences of Duke University set out to use virtual reality (VR) in helping drug addicts to overcome their cravings, he put them in a simulated crack house. Rosenthal believes cravings is a learned behavior and people can unlearn them by assuming…

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This company provides an AI concierge for its patients

John Kao started Alignment Health five years ago because of the confusion his mother had to undergo after hospitalization. As the admission was due to an urgent heart condition, Kao’s mother had no time to communicate with her primary care doctor. Similarly, the hospital was not told of the kind of medications prescribed to Kao’s…