Project Title

Design ethics and AI for health: a typology of approaches

About the Project

This research project is being conducted as part of the Joint Centre for Bioethics Scholars Program in AI Ethics for Health at the University of Toronto. The aim of the project is to synthesize leading design ethics frameworks and to outline their potential applications in AI for care. Ultimately the results of this project will inform research, policy, and practice by clarifying how different ‘ethics by design’ approaches can guide ethical use of AI technologies across health system planning, organizational strategy, and direct care provision.

The Approach

This project will consist of: (a) a structured scan of the literature to identify the most highly cited design ethics frameworks, and (b) conversations with leading experts in design ethics to ensure that the appropriate range of approaches have been selected for inclusion and (c) analysis for commonalities or differences in descriptive and normative claims.

The Goal

The results of this literature scan will be: (a) a comprehensive list of ethics-oriented approaches to design that have been cited in the literature; (b) organization of the list into a meaningful typology of groups; (c) a description of how these approaches relate to AI in health care; and (d) a delineation of next steps in research and practice to promote the ethical design of AI for health.

Project Status

This project is currently in the analysis stage.

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