AI to make doc­tors ob­so­lete

Financial Chronicle - - EDIT, OPED, THE WORKS -

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.

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