Saturday, 17 Mar, 2007 Science

To live or die - computer will decide


Are you ready to entrust your destiny to a computer? Researches say that a new computer program can make life-or-death decisions for disabled people better than their closest relatives.

A new research conducted by National Institute of Health (NIH) introduced a software program that can calculate all the pros and contras for further treatment of the seriously ill patients based on the mathematical formula. The decisions made by computer calculations are claimed to be even more accurate than those of the patient's close people.

Usually, when a doctor deals with an incapacitated patient and the chances for treatment are not evident, the decision is handed in to surrogate. But NIH scientists revealed, the surrogate decision may not be precise. A thorough analysis of the 20,000 choices of surrogates and patients showed that their decisions coincided only in two third of the times.

NIH professor David Wendler suggested a population-based treatment indicator to make such decision more precise. The program is based on database of other patients with the same disease, with similar characteristics like age, illness peculiarities, nationality and others along with the information on the treatment option.

The prior population-based treatment indicator was created by Wendler group after analyzing the statistic results of the survey conducted on cancer patients. They disclosed that patients are likely to choose a treatment saving their life even if it would be 1 percent chance and their mental state won't suffer much. Otherwise, life-saving treatment is unlikely to be the choice for those who have 99 percent chance they would live, but with their mental abilities not recovered.

The result of preliminary comparison of the computer treatment indicator and decisions made by surrogates was stunning. The accuracy of both human and computer decisions coincided in over 78 percent of cases.

Although these findings showed that computer choice could be not less effective than human decision, this scientific idea remains quite questionable due to the ethical matters. The substitute of the personal decision shouldn't be ignored even if calculations were proved to be accurate. Wendler and his colleagues say that even closest relatives are not able to make life-or-death decisions when it comes to serious cases, while their software takes into account the whole range of factors.


49 votes

//17 Jan 29, 2010 03:46 PM | posted by: abhishek
black is a colour

and white is also a colour

so can you told me that black and white tv is why not a colour tv?

please explain it?
53 votes

//16 Jan 29, 2010 03:14 PM | posted by: mr. silent
57 votes

//15 Mar 16, 2009 07:45 PM | posted by: zanele
I think its a great idea bt that means we all gonna die before time whatif the computer freezez and say die to everyone.
52 votes

//14 Dec 20, 2008 09:10 PM | posted by: beverly
our lives r in the hands of God, If we live in faith the subleties of this world no longer have an effect on us. I am disabled at the moment, but God is wrking miracles in my life. Believe and he will always prevail.
54 votes

//13 Dec 05, 2008 02:28 AM | posted by: the green blood
I think this is a great way to decide but...... technology does`t decide peoples faith as well as god does.
52 votes

//12 Oct 29, 2008 07:44 PM | posted by: summer_rain [InfoMANIAC]
this idea kinda scares me - computers deciding matters of life and death - foolish and scary...
53 votes

//11 Aug 21, 2008 08:02 PM | posted by: Sam
cool invention.............
bt up 2 God.......!!!!!!!!
50 votes

//10 Aug 15, 2008 04:01 PM | posted by: maidhili(coimbatore)
cool!!!!!!!! let's leave our destiny to computers......
58 votes

//9 Aug 11, 2008 11:26 AM | posted by: Unknown
great idea...good job!!!but only god will decide whether we will live or we will die!...
52 votes

//8 Aug 08, 2008 11:48 AM | posted by: Unknown
49 votes

//7 Jul 30, 2008 12:46 PM | posted by: Charesa
Kindly show us the pictures or videos related to your inventions
52 votes

//6 Jul 27, 2008 10:04 PM | posted by: ima
this new invention can never change our destiny.
46 votes

//5 Jul 01, 2008 10:04 AM | posted by: ahsan
sir cingrats to u
excellent research
sir i hav a request
kindly send me complete detail of ur invention
my email id is
52 votes

//4 Jun 30, 2008 05:49 PM | posted by: salah
GOD is great
48 votes

//3 Jun 22, 2008 02:05 PM | posted by: dannah agustin
oh this program's great! but i think only God knowa our fate,,..
46 votes

//2 Mar 28, 2008 08:20 AM | posted by: rajni from noida(delhi)
it"s oppurtunity..........for new group of medical's realy great
55 votes

//1 Dec 08, 2007 09:58 PM | posted by: Unknown
I think human decision is not batter than computer choice.That is why computer ran this program logicaly.

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