Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?
“I would trust an A.I. over a doctor any day,” [Dr.* Vivek Wadhwa ] proclaimed at a recent health innovation conference in San Francisco, noting that artificial intelligence provided “perfect knowledge.”
Ah, yes. I certainly want a computer that still can’t reliably recognize speech to diagnose me and prescribe drugs.
These “singularity” types always seem to confuse the magnificent possibilities for the current sad reality. The reality is that expert systems (as opposed to full AI) are useful tools in the box of a person capable of judgment in addition to the ability to blindly follow checklists.
* About that “doctor”: According to Wadhwa’s own website bio, he has a ” B.A. in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra, in Australia, and an MBA from New York University.” No mention of a doctorate. His background is IT and CompSci, which might give him some expertise on the subject of AI, but should also have clued him in on the numerous AI fails.