“If I’m on a park bench, and I’m next to someone, and I hear them talking about symptoms of cancer, am I obligated to turn around and tell them they might have cancer?” advertisement advertisement Samuel Volchenboum, Director of the Center for Research Informatics and Associate Professor of Pediatric Oncology at the University of Chicago, lets the question float in the air for a moment before breaking his own silence. “You’ll get different answers depending who you ask.” Medical ethics is a complicated topic. For a practicing doctor tending to their patients inside a hospital, the rules are relatively clear. But as soon as that doctor steps into the real world, their vast knowledge of the human body gives them the power to diagnose a potentially unwilling populace–people who might not be asking for a diagnosis of a terminal illness, or to have the telltale signs of their chemical addiction broadcast to every fellow passenger on … [Read more...] about The UX Of Ethics: Should Google Tell You If You Have Cancer?
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This week, Google was strung up in the public square for a deal with a very large U.S. healthcare provider that netted it access to some 50 million patient healthcare records—without patients’ or doctors’ knowledge. As Google pushes more deeply into healthcare, Americans are left wondering whether they’re unwittingly handing over personal information to a company that has a history of mishandling it. advertisement advertisement On Monday, the Wall Street Journal broke a story about how healthcare provider Ascension was providing Google with access to millions of patient health records as part of a project called Nightingale. Google had mentioned a partnership with Ascension during its second quarter earnings call, though the details of it were not previously known. The WSJ report revealed that Google is creating productivity tools for doctors that sift through complete medical records for pertinent data and make recommendations. The scope of the … [Read more...] about Google’s data misdeeds are haunting its healthcare plans
“Sunshine is the gift of the gods,” Masayoshi Son cheerily told a crowd of investors on the morning of October 3, 2018. He was in greater Noida, India, giving a speech about solar power. The day was hot, in the mid-90s, and for Son, CEO of the Japanese telecom conglomerate SoftBank, particularly bright. His visions for SoftBank—to be at the vanguard of technology and AI investing—had captivated the global capital world. “As long as you have the land and sunshine . . . I will give you free electricity,” he said. Son had committed to investing as much as $100 billion in Indian solar infrastructure. The free power would come 25 years from now. advertisement advertisement Meanwhile, nine and a half time zones away, Adam Neumann, cofounder and CEO of WeWork, the fast-growing global office-leasing player, was in New York celebrating a series of recent milestones: becoming New York’s largest private landlord; committing the company to … [Read more...] about WeFail: How the doomed Masa Son-Adam Neumann relationship set WeWork on the road to disaster
Twitter still can’t get its ongoing harassment problems under control. Facebook refuses to take a stand on protecting what’s true. But Pinterest continues to make doing the obvious, right thing look easy. advertisement Pinterest’s newest feature, launched this week, spots search queries that involve self-harm. And instead of then showing something that might validate a user’s impulse to hurt themselves, or just showing nothing at all, the company offers users 10 exercises to cope with feelings and release dangerous tension. (Previously, Pinterest offered external links to resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Now, such resources are integrated directly into Pinterest.) The exercises aren’t complex, and neither is the tool. There are no fancy AI algorithms at work, and the presentation looks more like a digital brochure than anything else. The entire intervention is really just a nicely formatted list of things you can do when … [Read more...] about Every social media company should copy Pinterest’s newest feature