OK computer: is it ethical to allow AI to determine when patients should die?

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A question. For a patient with advanced dementia, do you think it would be acceptable for artificial intelligence in the form of a computer algorithm to make medical decisions on their behalf, including the decision to cease treatment altogether?

Fiona Katauskas
Illustration: Fiona Katauskas

This may seem like the Logan’s Run thought experiment, where life and premature death is decided for you, but an article in the AMA Journal of