Distilled Science: Could artificial intelligence spell the end of doctors?

Artificial intelligence isn’t likely to replace doctors, says a researcher, but it’s likely their role will change as more artificial intelligence is developed. ​A study by Whangarei doctors William Diprose and Nicholas Buist has highlighted rapid progress of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in the health sector. They say a safe and sustainable healthcare system needs to look beyond human potential towards solutions such as AI. Q: Could artificial intelligence spell the end of doctors as we know them? A: Dr Robert Hickson, foresight researcher and principal adviser at the Department of Internal Affairs says:  Diprose and Buist are right to highlight the prospects of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Though I don’t see the end of doctors, just a change in some of the tasks that they do. The consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan recently…


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