November 20, 2023

UnitedHealth Uses AI Model with 90% Error Rate to Deny Care, Lawsuit Alleges

(Ars Technica) – UnitedHealthcare, the largest health insurance company in the US, is allegedly using a deeply flawed AI algorithm to override doctors’ judgments and wrongfully deny critical health coverage to elderly patients. This has resulted in patients being kicked … Read More

November 15, 2023

UnitedHealth Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Algorithmic Care Denials in Medicare Advantage Plans

(STAT News) – The class action suit, filed on behalf of deceased patients who had a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan and their families by the California-based Clarkson Law Firm, follows the publication of a STAT investigation Tuesday. The investigation, cited … Read More

November 14, 2023

UnitedHealth Pushed Employees to Follow an Algorithm to Cut Off Medicare Patients’ Rehab Care

(STAT News) – The nation’s largest health insurance company pressured its medical staff to cut off payments for seriously ill patients in lockstep with a computer algorithm’s calculations, denying rehabilitation care for older and disabled Americans as profits soared, a … Read More

November 8, 2023

Amazon to Offer Lower-Cost Primary Care to Prime Members in Latest Healthcare Push

(Wall Street Journal) – Amazon is turning to Prime members to bolster its healthcare business, an industry where the company has sought to expand for years. The tech giant on Wednesday revealed plans to offer its millions of Amazon Prime … Read More

November 8, 2023

A New Edition of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics Is Now Available

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (vol. 32, no. 4, 2023) is available online by subscription only.  Articles include: “Moral Uncertainty and Our Relationships with Unknown Minds” by John Danaher  “Minding Rights: Mapping Ethical and Legal Foundations of ‘Neurorights’” by Sjors … Read More

November 6, 2023

‘ChatGPT Detector’ Catches AI-Generated Papers with Unprecedented Accuracy

(Nature) – A machine-learning tool can easily spot when chemistry papers are written using the chatbot ChatGPT, according to a study published on 6 November in Cell Reports Physical Science1. The specialized classifier, which outperformed two existing artificial intelligence (AI) … Read More

November 6, 2023

These AI Companies Want to Bring You Back from the Dead

(Gizmodo) – Fantasies of immortality and extended life preservation are likely as old as humanity itself, but new advances in robotics and advanced artificial intelligence models are inching those transhumanist tales closer to reality at a rapid pace. AI researchers … Read More

November 3, 2023

His Job Was to Make Instagram Safe for Teens. His 14-Year-Old Showed Him What the App Was Really Like.

(Wall Street Journal) – The experience of young users on Meta’s Instagram—where Bejar had spent the previous two years working as a consultant—was especially acute. In a subsequent email to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, one statistic stood out: One in … Read More