OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit

The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.

David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history opioids philanthropy-and-nonprofits opioid-crisis oxycodone business-ethics oxycontin corporate-culture sackler-family purdue-pharma opioid-litigation

A global collaboration to move artificial intelligence principles to practice

Convened by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the AI Policy Forum will develop frameworks and tools for governments and companies to implement concrete policies.

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence ethics industry policy law research government global computer-science-and-technology technology-and-society algorithms collaboration mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Experts consider the ethical implications of new technology

Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: science-technology computer-science ethics harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-college barbara-grosz radhika-nagpal alison-simmons embedded-ethics philosophy christina-pazzanese faculty-of-arts-and-science david-grant jeffrey-behrends

VIP patients can be a headache for their doctors

When a celebrity, politician or other influential person checks in, a health care team can feel pressured to give in to a VIP's wishes.

Nancy Nielsen, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump physicians medical-care patients celebrities medical-ethics president-donald-j-trump

How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic

Journalists use real people's stories to 'humanize' the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic's greatest threats.

Thomas J. Hrach, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, University of Memphis • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: coronavirus media cognition memory pandemic journalism news media-literacy human-brain media-ethics media-studies

Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma

AI for self-driving cars doesn’t account for crime

AI for self-driving cars may need fixes to deal with ethical gaps. Namely, what happens if people triy to use an automated vehicle to do something bad?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: crime artificial-intelligence ethics science-and-technology society-and-culture vehicles self-driving-cars

MIT announces plans for fall 2020 semester

Extensive safety protocols will undergird the return of additional students and staff to campus.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2020 ~19 min

Tags: education covid-19 ethics pandemic research community students classes-and-programs president-l-rafael-reif faculty staff vice-chancellor administration chancellor financial-aid teaching-and-academics tuition

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