AI to make doctors obsolete
Artificial intelligence (AI) systems simulate human intelligence by learning, reasoning, and selfcorrection. This technology has the potential to be more accurate than doctors at making diagnoses and performing surgical interventions.
It has a “near unlimited capacity” for data processing and subsequent learning, and can do this at a speed that humans cannot match.
Increasing amounts of health data, from apps, personal monitoring devices, electronic medical records and social media platforms are being brought together to give machines as much information as possible about people & diseases.
Machine learning is also not subject to the same level of potential bias seen in human learning that reflects cultural influences and links with particular institutions. The key challenges for healthcare systems are rising costs and insufficient numbers of doctors. Introducing AI-driven systems could be cheaper than hiring and training new staff. They are also universally available, and can even monitor patients remotely. Doctors as we now know them will become obsolete eventually.