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New Poll: Should Data Science Include Ethics Training?


New poll is examining the question of Ethics and Data Science. Are Data Scientists more like physicians who take The Hippocratic Oath or more like Mathematicians, who work with numbers? Please vote.



A fragment of Hippocratic Oath The Hippocratic Oath is traditionally taken by physicians, who swear to uphold ethical standards when dealing with patients, including
according to my ability and judgment, prescribe a regimen for the health of the sick; but I will utterly reject harm and mischief ...


Mathematicians, on the other hand, do not have such an oath because they deal with abstractions, not with real people.

Are Data Scientists more like Physicians or more like Mathematicians?

Should Data Scientists worry about how their work is used ?

For example, say a Data Scientist found a way to build a behavior prediction model from Twitter. If this model is used for selling cigarettes, that would be bad from her point of view. But if it is used to find teens at risk for suicide, that would be good.

To take an extreme example, if a janitor discovers a live baby in the garbage, we expect that a janitor will save the baby even he or she did not undergo ethical training. So perhaps a separate ethical training is not needed.

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