A Doctor’s Touch: What Big Data in Health Care Can Teach Us About Predictive Policing
Policing and Artificial Intelligence (John L.M. McDaniel and Ken G. Pease eds., Routledge, 2020 Forthcoming)
16 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2019 Last revised: 5 Nov 2019
Date Written: August 4, 2019
We take two professions — police officers and doctors — and place their experiences with big data in dialogue. Policing and medicine, while naturally different in some obvious respects, actually both need to grapple with a lot of the same moral, social, and legal questions that come with adopting big data programs. This because, as we discuss below, both professions generally possess a monopoly over an acute societal vulnerability, be it safety or health, and have accordingly developed a set of settled internal norms to shape individual discretion in service of each respective function.
We place the professions side-by-side and try to distill certain insights from the perspective of three key stakeholders — practitioners, policymakers, and the polity.
Keywords: Big Data, AI, Policing, Health Care
JEL Classification: I100, I1, I10, I11, I14, I18, I31, H41
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