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Clues and Caution for AI from the History of Biomedicine

Robin Wolfe Scheffler

“The very intractability of biology and medicine to computation makes their history an essential counterpoint to more optimistic contemporary discussions of the challenges and opportunities for AI in society. Their past underlines two major points: ‘Quantification is a process of  judgment and evaluation, not simple measurement’ and ‘Prediction is not destiny.’”

— Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Leo Marx Career Development Professor in the History and Culture of Science and Technology

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Published 18 February 2019