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Pulse oximeters give biased results for people with darker skin. The consequences could be serious.
We cannot leave decisions about 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.
Are scientists more virtuous than the rest of us? Can religion and science be happily reconciled?
Matt Lord, Boston Review
What Brazilian conservatives gain by letting the Amazon burn.
Allured by the promise of Big Data, science has shortchanged causal explanation in favor of data-driven prediction. But ultimately we must ask why.
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