Artificial Intelligence & Healthcare

Merriam-Webster defines Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior on computers, or the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.

How do you imagine AI in healthcare? Is it more like No. 5 in Short Circuit or Sonny in I, Robot? Let’s talk about AI and healthcare at the #HealthXPH tweet chat on tonight 29 Jul 9 pm Manila time (9 am EST).

Bertalan Mesko has enumerated the ways that AI can redesign healthcare on the medicalfuturist.com.

  • Mining medical records
  • Designing treatment plans
  • Assisting repetitive jobs
  • Getting the most out of in-person and online consultations
  • Health assistance and medication management
  • Precision medicine
  • Drug creation
  • Helping people make healthier choices and decisions
  • Analyzing a healthcare system

What do you think? Can you add to this list?

T1. In what ways do you think will AI redesign healthcare?

Pierre Pina enumerated the 7 jobs that will be killed first by robots. These are:

  1. Truckers
  2. Construction workers
  3. Legal advisors
  4. Medical staff and doctors
  5. Accountants
  6. Editors
  7. Sellers

Healthcare workers are on the list because of the excitement surrounding IBM Watson who is getting smarter daily. After all for 1,000 cancer cases, Watson matched the treatment plan of oncologists 99% of the time and even suggested options that oncologists missed in 30%.

While I am willing to concede that Watson can beat a human doctor in intelligence, I’ve always thought though that empathy is something that AI can never replace. But John Brandon thinks that by offering information in the right amount “it knows we need to reduce stress or understand people on a deeper level,” AI can teach us to have more empathy.  Maybe something like Samantha in Her.

T2. Do you think that AI will replace doctors? Why or why not?

Bernard Marr curated the best quotes on artificial intelligence on forbes.com. Two quotes stand out from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”— Stephen Hawking told the BBC

“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.” —Elon Musk warned at MIT’s AeroAstro Centennial Symposium

And now even Mark Zuckerberg has joined the fray calling Elon a naysayer.

T3 Do you agree with Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk that AI will end humanity? Why or why not?

See you at the #HealthXPH tweet chat!

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