Techological Solutions to Bioethical Problems

Sometimes, technological solutions are proposed to address (or discover) bioethical problems. For example, the use of anonymization to protect patient privacy has both surprising technical problems and possible technical solutions. In this class, we will discuss two technical approaches to solving important bioethical problems invented by faculty at CU. The first example is a computational approach to addressing hunger (see also this news story and tool they built to organize the activity) developed by a computer science grad student. The second is an article published by the professors in this class about what to do when clinically actionable results are uncovered in research on anonymized data. (It's also the one we discussed in the authorship dispute class.)

Please read all the papers at the above links, and come to class ready to discuss what role potential contributions to addressing ethical issues should play in setting a scientist's research priorities.







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