37 percent of Americans in the study agreed that an unbiased computer program “would be more trustworthy and ethical than my current workplace leaders and managers.” Following up on that, 38 percent “would prefer my job performance to be assessed by an unbiased computer program rather than by human managers.”
On the one hand, this intuition has a logical sheen. It’s not that ignorance is bliss—it’s just better than knowing that life can be shitty and full of suffering. Knowing exactly how we’ll suffer might only make it worse. The same principle also applies to the good stuff: we think we'll be less happy if we know about our happiness in advance. Life is like a joke—it's not so funny if we get the punchline first.
Ultimately, the key is for us to develop awareness of our inner mental and emotional dynamics, taking full responsibility for our own decision-making process. The more we strengthen this faculty, the less prone we are to our own and others’ cognitive bias, misplaced advice, flawed instinct and fear.
Cognitive bias accounts for as much as three-quarters of malpractice suits filed against radiologists, according to findings published in 2013. A new paper lays out some ways rads can leverage quality-improvement (QI) projects to help steer clear of such mental shortcuts before they lead to missed or inaccurate diagnoses.
The study, which surveyed 2299 adults across Canada, found that a quarter (26%) of Canadian adults believe an unbiased computer program would be more trustworthy and ethical than their workplace leaders and managers. Among younger adults (those aged 20-39) that number was significantly higher, with 31% agreeing that an unbiased computer program would be more trustworthy and ethical than their workplace leaders and managers
After a knife and car attack left several dead in London on March 22, a disturbing photo has been circulating on the internet, showing a woman looking at her phone as she walks past the crime scene. Some commenters have interpreted the image as proof of indifference. But that interpretation is the result of several perceptual errors well-known i
"In our little thought experiment with the frozen yogurt, most people would choose to sacrifice their own life for the good of the crowd. But Rahwan has found most people wouldn’t buy a self-driving car that could make the decision to kill them as the passenger"
That decency always overcomes evil is an axiom of American exceptionalism. We gird ourselves with quotes about the “arc of history,” spoken by exceptional individuals or presidents who were ‘presidential,’ and wait for history to bend. When we—the people Donald Trump has in mind as the “true Americans”—think about past atrocities like American segregation or Nazi Germany
If you were surprised by the result of the Brexit vote in the UK or by the Trump victory in the US, you might live in an echo chamber – a self-reinforcing world of people who share the same opinions as you. Echo chambers are a problem, and not just because it means some people…
First identified in the field of radiology, where the detection of abnormalities in X-rays can be a matter of life or death, SOS (Satisfaction of Search) - originally referred to situations where the doctor feels "satisfied" that he or she has found the problem and moves on to the next image. Of course, pneumonia doesn't preclude a patient from also having a tumor or some other issue, for example, so calling off the search too early can be a grave error, doctors have found.
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