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Harvey Chilcott


Harvey Chilcott '23 discusses the effects of having AI 'Therapist' and the possible concerns that might come along with developing such an algorithm. Chilcott outlines the data privacy issues and offers some potential solutions. 

Harvey Chilcott Showcase Slide

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In his research, titled, AI 'Therapist': Trust it? Chilcott explores how Woebot, an AI-driven mental health chatbot, shows promise in addressing the urgent need for mental health resources but raises ethical concerns. Chilcott's articles evaluate its safety and effectiveness based on the AI Bill of Rights, highlighting the need for further research, human oversight, and transparency to ensure users' well-being and address potential shortcomings.

Learn more from Chilcott's articles about AI 'Therapist' Data Privacy, and Safety and Effectiveness.

Woebot Ethical Analysis Infographic

About Harvey Chilcott

Harvey Chilcott, 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Harvey Chilcott '23 was a 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and recently graduated from SCU with a biology major and minors in philosophy and biotechnology. Harvey became motivated to investigate cancer patient disparities after listening to the unfortunate stories his family and friends shared after being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the the second leading cause of death in the US, so he hopes to educate the community through his internship regarding mitigating the disparate treatment cancer patients face and creating awareness surrounding cancer to hopefully reduce the mortality and incidence rate. In his spare time he likes to trail run, hike, eat ice cream with friends and watch Marvel films.


Jun 13, 2023

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