13 March 2007

Trusting Computers With Our Lives

Would you be willing to trust a computer with your life? Today's New Scientist has an article entitled Can computers make life-or-death medical decision? in which researchers claim they have developed a simple formula that can predict how people would want to be treated in dire medical situations as accurately as their loved ones can.

Irrespective of the value you place on life, anyone who has ever had a computer crash on them or otherwise had cause to swear at the inanimate screen in front of them might pause before embracing this latest technological advance.