Does “AI” stand for augmenting inequality in the era of covid-19 healthcare?

A team of medical ethics researchers are arguing that bias and discrimination within AI design and deployment risk exacerbating existing health inequity. The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected disadvantaged communities, and the uncritical deployment of AI in the fight against covid-19 risks amplifying the pandemic’s adverse effects on vulnerable groups by exhibiting racial biases. Although AI systems hold promise for vaccine discovery, diagnosis and prognostic decision support, research suggests that these systems can discriminate between different socio-economic groups.

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