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A Hippocratic Oath for Data Science

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5 min lightning talk at PyData London 2015 on Data Science and Ethics, compared to Medical Sciences (Hippocratic Oath) and Anthropology (AAA Code of Conduct)

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A Hippocratic Oath for Data Science

  1. 1. & Data Science… Ethics? Roelof Pieters @graphific London 2015
  2. 2. the branch of philosophy that deals with distinctions between right and wrong ‒ with the moral consequences of human action (Coughlin & Beauchamp, 1996) • Effort to create the positive reflection on activities or intuition and moral choice which decided by someone • • Data Ethics: moral responsibility that influencing any activities in our practice as data-scientists ? Ethics
  3. 3. Hippocratic Oath “I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and judgment and never do harm to anyone”
  4. 4. Anthropological Code of Conduct A. Responsibility to people and animals with whom anthropological researchers work and whose lives and cultures they study. B. Responsibility to scholarship and science C. Responsibility to the public Code of Ethics in Anthropology
  5. 5. Code of Ethics in Anthropology
  6. 6. What about Data Science? Guardian, June 30, 2014
  7. 7. What about Data Science?
  8. 8. Do we need a Hippocratic Oath for Data Scientists? • Explain what we do to society • Algorithms don’t speak • Who owns which data • Data = available -> always use data?
  9. 9. What Else • If you find yourself in Stockholm: http://www.meetup.com/Stockholm-Deep-Learning-Meetup/ Stockholm Deep Learning come and visit/talk/play…

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