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Machines, morality and the future of medical care

This event took place on 23 Mar 2017 at Queen’s University Belfast. It is part of the British Academy's season on Robotics, AI and Society.

Robotic technology is playing a growing role in modern medicine. Surgical robots have made hospital debuts, while prototypes of robotic caregivers continue to evolve. Yet as the technology advances, concerns about ethics and privacy become more pressing. Will sensitive patient data be handled securely? Can we trust robots to care for vulnerable adults? And how can patients be assured that technology won’t encourage them to take medications they don’t want – or need? Join a panel of experts as they discuss these issues.

Dr Charlotte Blease, Research Fellow, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and School of Philosophy, University College Dublin
Professor Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Sheffield 
Dr Tom Walker, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Director, Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality, QUB

Professor Hastings Donnan FBA, Director, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and Co-Director, Centre for International Borders Research, QUB

Jointly organised with Queen’s University Belfast
Part of Imagine! The Belfast festival of ideas and politics.