At its current rate of development, Artificial Intelligence, or AI, will soon impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Most everyone has caught at least one of the dystopian movies depicting a future ruined by the takeover of AI. Currently, however, it is being utilized as a tool to greatly improve industries wrought with more difficult problems than a mere programmable binary robot can solve. The medical field is one arena where A.I has the possibility to completely transform the way things are done.
The implementation of artificial intelligence in medicine is on the rise and solving a variety of problems for patients and healthcare providers alike. According to Dr. Robert Pearl in his article for Forbes magazine, the easiest approach to understand exactly how this is being accomplished is to divide the applications of AI into three different categories: algorithmic solutions, visual tools and medical practice.
The most common current application for AI in healthcare is algorithms programmed into computers to solve problems of an analytic nature. Algorithms help to sort data like medical and insurance records, can assist in diagnostic issues, and aid research to stimulate the evolution of medicine. Programs enabled with predictability models are helping hospitals to work at a level of efficiency beyond the reach of human capability alone.
Human error is another key factor motivating AI’s use in healthcare. Visual pattern recognition in machines is far more precise than in human clinicians due to its consistency. There will always be uncontrollable factors affecting the ability of the human eye to assess a patient, whereas a robot can be almost certain to evaluate by the same objective standards in every case.
The consistency of AI can also have a huge impact on daily medical practice. It can bridge the gap that makes one physician seem more capable than another in a given situation. By working from the same standards, and ignoring subjective circumstances, AI would give every patient the same level of care, regardless of insurance or other mitigating factors of that nature.
Artificial Intelligence is undeniably the driving force in our current stage of human evolution. Whether or not that turns out to be a positive, or a possibly world ending negative is yet to be seen. For the time being though, the medical field is reaping a great deal of benefits from this new technology.