Art, AI and Meaning

Lynne stands in a white unitard, black choker, and braid, reaching up to climb a red silk.

Earlier last week, two musicians-programmers generated every conceivable melody, copyrighted it, and released it under a Creative Commons Zero license, which is functionally equivalent to being in the public domain. They did this to help prevent future lawsuits from artists whose melodies are similar,  although its questionable whether or not their endeavors will be considered… Continue reading Art, AI and Meaning

Nudging and Social Media

A white hand holds a phone with icons illuminated for the following social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Pintrest, Tumblr, LinkedIN, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

In the past, I've talked about "Nudging" and how it relates to paternalism. As a brief rundown, "nudging" (or libertarian paternalism)  is the idea that we can change people's behaviors using "choice architecture" and other psychological tricks to do what we want them to do. In public health, this might look like making healthier choices… Continue reading Nudging and Social Media

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

The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

In Policy Horizons Canada's new Economic Futures: The Next Digital Economy white paper, Blockchain is identified as one of 9 key technologies that will cause disruption to the economy, labour force, and ways in which individuals interact with businesses. Blockchain is lucrative. It's flashy. Even Facebook has one now! Whether or not you think it's… Continue reading The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things

"Move fast and break things," is an idea that started with Facebook, and yet, has become a philosophy for many tech companies and is in some ways demanded by the market which functions on the whims of venture capitalists who see two options: get in early, or fail. Moving fast, by itself does not seem… Continue reading Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things

Rawls and Robots

John Rawls is perhaps the most influential political philosopher since Plato. His works (but mainly the flagship A Theory of Justice), have influenced government policy and thought throughout the world. In many ways, his ideas are great. He supports the idea that all citizens should have their basic needs met. He believes that inequality in incomes should… Continue reading Rawls and Robots

Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

So, I woke up this morning to this lovely article from CBC detailing how the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is looking into using FitBit trackers to incentivise workers into healthy activities as a means to cut healthcare insurance costs. Now, this, when I read it was shocking and appalling and OBVIOUSLY TERRIBLE, but apparently the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… Continue reading Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

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