eth·​i·​cist | \ ˈe-thə-sist How to pronounce ethicist (audio) \

Definition of ethicist

: a specialist in ethics

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Regulators will need to figure out how to handle this technology, and ethicists will need to grapple knotty questions about its fairness. Brad Plumer, Vox, "A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade," 23 July 2018 Critics and ethicists say the scandal is just the latest example of a prominent researcher flouting disclosure rules and medical journals and organizations weakly enforcing them. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Top cancer expert forgot to mention $3.5M industry ties—he just resigned," 14 Sep. 2018 Appointing ethicists to the Fed Board wouldn’t solve the difficulty of choosing ends. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Congress Should Set the Fed’s Inflation Target—Ideally at Zero," 6 Nov. 2018 Today, the pioneering AI researcher is bringing together economists, philosophers, ethicists, legal scholars, historians, psychologists and even artists to develop AI technologies and applications. Francesco Marconi, WSJ, "AI Pioneer Fei-Fei Li on Building Benevolent Machines," 18 Mar. 2019 To address possible ethical problems with its products, Element is hiring ethicists as fellows, to work alongside developers. Vauhini Vara, Fortune, "Can This Startup Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.?," 25 June 2018 Perhaps, some ethicists argue, DNA testing will create a society that further values certain types of children more than others. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?," 2 Oct. 2018 The professional ethicists who now inhabit universities and think tanks love to bring up the Caesar’s wife standard. Bruce K. Chapman, WSJ, "Caesar’s Wife and the Politics of Destruction," 27 Sep. 2018 Perhaps, the ethicist suggested, the quality of public engagement and depth of community involvement in making decisions should also be considered. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Communities Raise Their Voices on Genetic Engineering," 27 July 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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eth·​i·​cist | \ ˈeth-ə-səst How to pronounce ethicist (audio) \

Medical Definition of ethicist

: one who specializes in or is very concerned about ethics now ethicists must confront the unsettling question of whether to set limits on scientific inquiry— Ricardo Sookdeo

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