Artificial intelligence: Humankind’s best chance for a healthier future

In the 1990s Garry Kasparov achieved rock star status in the chess world with a freestyle approach that made mincemeat of his opponents. But Kasparov’s reign as world chess master ended in 1997 at the digital hands of IBM’s Deep Blue, making him the first high-profile victim of the modern machine. He would not be the last. In 2011, IBM Watson thrashed human opponents on Jeopardy.   Not long after some people began to wonder if this was the beginning of the end. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have since joined this chorus of fear, warning of a singularity that would give new meaning to the term “machine error.” But in healthcare at least, AI is humankind’s best chance to meet its potential.  In the past it was…


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