AI Bias in Healthcare

A man in a doctor's coat and a man in a business suit stand in front of a window. Both are looking at a third party who is off screen.

I've talked about AI Ethics in the past- about how AI is not unbaised, but rather takes our biases and amplifies them, because AI and ML (Machine Learning) algorithms must be programmed in the first place.¬†They centralize decision making, and create "black boxes" that are often unparseable to their users. Even proliferation of bias in… Continue reading AI Bias in Healthcare

Microaggressions by the Marginalized

A man and woman argue in a park. The man is angry, the woman seems incredulous. Both are using their hands to express their conflict.

I've written in the past about microaggressions and the types of collective responsibilities they entail. These last few semesters, I've been able to take what I did in that previous blog post and really dig into the philosophy of these things and understand how social epistemologists and ethicists think about microaggressions. One of the really… Continue reading Microaggressions by the Marginalized

What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

I identify as an intersectional feminist. This is partially I think due to the timing at which I entered the academy/wider world and was exposed to feminism and partially because I, as a privileged white woman, recognize that my struggles are not the be and and end all of oppression- and not even close. But… Continue reading What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

Epistemologies of Ignorance

An ape scratches his chin, as though in thought.

My newest philosophical area of interest is in Epistemology of Ignorance studies, also known as Agnotology. So today, I want to explain what this research area constitutes, why it's important, and how it connects to further important ethical questions, especially regarding things like fake news, inclusion, microaggressions, and more. So first off, what is the… Continue reading Epistemologies of Ignorance

Inclusion in Design

Most of my friends would say I'm an imaginative person. This isn't to brag, as its a skill I have cultivated, and one that is necessary to being a writer and a philosopher. It's a skill that enables me to look at an issue from a variety of viewpoints and extrapolate possible consequences, and pick… Continue reading Inclusion in Design

Duties at the End of the World

You might have realized by now that I am a weird person who thinks about strange things. From some of my other articles you might also have deduced that I am a rabid feminist, and personally do not want to reproduce, in addition to being pro-choice. These characteristics all came together and led me to… Continue reading Duties at the End of the World

What Women Owe to Men

Literally nothing. The end. (But I'm going to engage anyways, so read on.) ~~~~ *Trigger Warning*: This blog made me feel creepy all over just writing it. Please take care of yourselves and don't engage if you can't. I won't mind. ~~~~ There's been a lot of talk recently in the wake of the Toronto… Continue reading What Women Owe to Men

Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Ethical questions are by their very nature intersectional questions. They ask us to consider contexts, think about¬† a wide range of outcomes and implications, and require a deep understanding of predictive thinking which usually involves consultation with expert sources on the subject. Today, I have a whammy of an intersectional ethical problem for you in… Continue reading Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Sexthical Theories

Okay, you got me. I am a human being who is generally aware of trends, news cycles, and hawt topics of the day. However, I am also a sex-positive woman, and an ethicist and so today I'm gonna throw my #metoo hat into the ring and we are going to talk about sex and ethics.… Continue reading Sexthical Theories

Rights Talk and Oppression

In the past, I've discussed different conceptions of "rights"- what rights mean, how they conflict, and how sometimes rights look and talk like rights, but when you dig a little deeper they become murky not-quite-rights. Ours is a world of conflict, and the world of rights talk reflects that, so today I'm going to talk… Continue reading Rights Talk and Oppression