Intelligent machines are better at health diagnostics than humans

It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Credit: Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey Until now, medicine has been a prestigious and often extremely lucrative career choice. But in the near future, will we need as many doctors as we have now? Are we going to see significant medical unemployment in the coming decade? Dr Saxon Smith, president of the Australian Medical Association NSW branch, said in a report late last year that the most common concerns he hears from doctors-in-training and medical students are, “what is the future of medicine?” and “will I have a job?”. The answers, he said, continue to elude him. As Australian, British and American universities continue to graduate increasing numbers of medical students, the obvious…


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