- Research-ethics-big-data hot take: this is bad. “A student and a co-researcher have publicly released a dataset on nearly 70,000 users of the dating site OkCupid, including their sexual turn-ons, orientation, usernames and more. And critics say it may be possible to work out users’ real identities from the published data.”
- Clinical-ethics-euthanizing-the-mentally-ill-in-a-van hot take: so is this. “Twenty-seven percent (n = 18) of patients received the procedure from physicians new to them, 14 of whom were physicians from the End-of-Life Clinic, a mobile euthanasia clinic. Consultation with other physicians was extensive, but 11% (n = 7) of cases had no independent psychiatric input, and 24% (n = 16) of cases involved disagreement among consultants.”
- meh. Clinical outcomes and markets can aggregate information from complex systems. But markets fail and polls often beat prediction markets and I don’t think this analogy actually says anything that couldn’t be said without reference to Hayek. No knock on Hayek.
- Who indeed, Stuart, who indeed?