Do robots feature in the future of medicine?

Could technology further assist – or take over from – NHS doctors?  By Jessica Powell 10:37AM BST 15 Oct 2015 Read content inspired by the University of Warwick’s Festival of the Imagination » Picture the GP surgery of the future: a robot doctor has replaced its human predecessor, using a super-computer brain to calculate drug doses in seconds with no risk of fatigue-induced errors. What with the advance of AI technologies and the growing issues around NHS staff shortages, this might not seem such a far-fetched concept. But Professor Richard Lilford, University of Warwick’s chairman of public health, is convinced this won’t happen. To think otherwise, he suspects, is to grossly underestimate the complex skills of doctors. “I’m a sceptic on artificial intelligence,” he says. “I don’t think computers will…


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