Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Motherboard Knows Best

Motherboard Knows Best: Should a Computer Make Life-or-Death Decisions?: Scientific American:

"A new study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that computers, using a mathematical formula, could determine the wishes of incapacitated patients as accurately as—if not better than—their family members or close friends."

'Just because a computer algorithm is a better predictor, it doesn't then follow that we should use it,' says Dan Brock, director of medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.

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