Christopher Chabris on Ethics & Privacy in the Era of Big Data (TIPS 2017)

Christopher Chabris, PhD, is a professor at Geisinger, an integrated healthcare system in Pennsylvania, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He has taught at Union College and Harvard University. He received his PhD in psychology and AB in computer science from Harvard. His research focuses on attention, intelligence (individual, collective, and social), behavior genetics, and decision-making. His work has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, Psychological Science, Perception, and Cognitive Science. Chabris is also co-author of the bestselling book “The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us,” published in 20 languages.

This talk was part of the panel Ethics & Privacy in the Era of Big Data. The 2017 Technology in Psychiatry Summit, was sponsored by the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry on November 6-7, 2017, at the JB Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School.

Large-scale adoption of effective digital health technologies will depend on coming up with appropriate social and technical infrastructure. At the core of this infrastructure is the need to balance privacy and security with transparency, openness, sharing, and the rights of individuals to own and make decisions about their own health and health data. In this session, leaders in privacy, access, and ethics discuss the biggest challenges and potential ways forward in building a future where effective technologies work for society and individuals.

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