AUSSIES ARE OK SEE­ING DR RO­BOT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - - Rick Lee, ed­i­tor

WOULD you let a ro­bot di­ag­nose and treat your ill­ness? Ac­cord­ing to health fund HCF, most Aus­tralians would. The fund’s sur­vey showed 80 per cent of Aussies were com­fort­able with artificial in­tel­li­gence (AI) be­ing used to di­ag­nose med­i­cal prob­lems. And 72 per cent were will­ing to let AI pre­scribe treat­ment. But 58 per cent of re­spon­dents were wor­ried about the pri­vacy of pa­tient records and 57 per cent queried the lack of hu­man in­tu­ition. “It’s easy to get ex­cited about tech­nol­ogy that can help save lives and po­ten­tially rev­o­lu­tionise pa­tient care,” HCF man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Shaun Larkin said. “At the same time, we need to be aware of the im­pli­ca­tions of change – from the true cost of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments to other eth­i­cal and per­sonal con­sid­er­a­tions.”

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