November 18, 2020

The Ethical Questions That Haunt Facial-Recognition Research

(Nature) – In September 2019, four researchers wrote to the publisher Wiley to “respectfully ask” that it immediately retract a scientific paper. The study, published in 2018, had trained algorithms to distinguish faces of Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim minority … Read More

November 18, 2020

Health Systems Are Using AI to Predict Severe Covid-19 Cases. But Limited Data Could Produce Unreliable Results

(STAT News) – As the United States braces for a bleak winter, hospital systems across the country are ramping up their efforts to develop AI systems to predict how likely their Covid-19 patients are to fall severely ill or even … Read More

November 3, 2020

A Boy’s Passing Came Too Soon, But Not Before His Life Led to Crucial Medical Discoveries

(STAT News) – “What he did with NGLY1 alone was pretty powerful,” said Matt Might, referring to the gene involved in his son’s disease. After years of research, it was the discovery of a double mutation in Bertrand’s NGLY1 gene, … Read More

October 13, 2020

From a Small Town in North Carolina to Big-City Hospitals, How Software Infuses Racism into U.S. Health Care

(STAT News) – A STAT investigation found that a common method of using analytics software to target medical services to patients who need them most is infusing racial bias into decision-making about who should receive stepped-up care. While a study … Read More