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Pulse oximeters give biased results for people with darker skin. The consequences could be serious.
Claims that the cure is worse than the disease rely on a false tradeoff between human needs and the economy.
Gregg Gonsalves, Amy Kapczynski
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Decades of neoliberal austerity will make it harder to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we must rebuild our social safety net and forge a New Deal for public health.
Amy Kapczynski, Gregg Gonsalves
In the overhyped age of deep learning, rumors of thinking robots are greatly exaggerated. Still, we cannot leave decisions about even this sort of AI in the hands of those who stand to profit from its use.
Kenneth A. Taylor
Appeals to the biological facts conceal a deeper contest over political equality—and scientific authority itself.
A growing chorus says that science has shown free will to be an illusion. But it actually has offered arguments in its favor.
By using a variety of ploys to manufacture doubt, a whole industry of science-for-hire experts helps corporations put profits over public health and safety.
We need greater democratic oversight of AI not just from developers and designers, but from all members of society.
Annette Zimmermann, Elena Di Rosa, Hochan Kim
In place of the hype over personalized medicine, we need a more sober evaluation of the meaning of health and health care.
Robert A. Aronowitz
The “scientific method” of high school textbooks does not exist. But there are scientific methods, and they play an essential role in making scientific knowledge reliable.
Atul Gawande helped popularize the idea that health care spending is high because we use too much medicine. He was wrong: it’s the prices, and who pays them.
On the lure of climate entrepreneurism.
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