Recently, a group of academic researchers from a variety of disciplines (bioethics, philosophy, futurism, computer science, law, social sciences) met with doctors, expert patients and technology company representatives at the University of Warwick to consider the impact of AI on core professional values, the professional roles of doctors, and the future of healthcare services.

The workshop was organised by Heather Draper, University of Warwick (UK), Lisa Schwartz, McMaster University (CA), Wendy Rogers, University of Macquarie (Aus) and Daniel Racoceaunu, Sorbonne (Fr). The thirty participants came from North America, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Europe and the UK.

Their first task was to address the question of what it is doctors uniquely do that could (or should) not be AI-assisted or replaced, and why. AAAiH members Professor Wendy Rogers (Macquarie University) and Professor Stacy Carter (University of Wollongong) also delivered two out of the four plenaries and Associate Professor Farah Magrabi from Macquarie University also attended.

AI disruptions to the goals of medicine. Professor Wendy Rogers. AI impact on the values of medicine. Professor Stacy Carter.

The workshop was one of several workshops funded by CIFAR, a Canadian-based charitable organisation supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers.

See the full details of the INFAIME Workshop including Plenary abstracts and background material.

In other news, Wendy was recently named as one of Australia’s Health and Medical Sciences Research Field Leaders in the field of Bioethics in The Australian 2019 Research Magazine.

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