I was recently listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Ted Interview with Chris Anderson, and listened to one particularly awesome episode where Anderson spoke with Kai-Fu Lee on the future of AI (take a listen HERE).
I was intrigued because I’m an avid sci-fic reader and now love experiencing technology that writers would dreamt and wrote about 30 years ago.
The points that I walked away with from this podcast review were:
Chinese have quite different views on data collection which is focused on “this is for the overall good” where we in the US are very focused on individual protection. Lee mentions, “China not only has a great number of users to collect data, more breath but also a greater depth” explaining Chinese consumers use access technology far more often (food, shared bicycles, education, etc) and willing to share more of their data when compared to the US consumer.
Lee talked about how AI will likely compliment medicine rather than replace physicians. He believes that an AI and human symbiosis will be created where AI will take over the routine tasks and leave humanity to do more creative and compassion jobs. In the interview, he states, “AI is better to due routine tasks better than humans…but they will never replace human emotion.”
Lee does discuss concern for job displacement for people who are doing lower level jobs that will be taken over by AI (forward to 44:10). He believes these people will need encouragement to retrain into these creative and compassion jobs He describes how this can improve elderly care (forward to 56:33 in the podcast). He discusses how elderly care and healthcare will be delivered more into the home.
After listening to the interview I was more encouraged about the future of AI. Lee’s explanation that AI’s intelligence is all about data and pattern recognition and that concerns about super intelligence are just not valid at this time. (forward to 41:45)
I envision using AI to collect my patient’s labs, input my patient’s signs and symptoms and let it generate the mostly diagnosis and match appropriate treatment while I can provide the humanistic side of medicine. To me…that would be the ideal combination of Doctor and AI.
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