An empirical ethics study of the introduction of AI techniques to the assessment of cognitive decline


  • Dr Richard Milne

    Wellcome Sanger Institute

Project summary

There is growing interest in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to support and inform screening and diagnosis. Such tools may draw on a range of information, from traditional health records, brain scans or lab reports to social media or location data. These AI tools raise significant ethical questions related to privacy and confidentiality, the accuracy of diagnoses, and how to define the ‘reasonable' use of data. 

This project will focus on AI and dementia. I will examine how experts involved in the development of AI tools encounter and resolve ethical challenges in their work, and how they and the public view the use of personal data to provide information about health. 

My findings will inform the development of AI tools and provide evidence for health and technology policy and social sciences.