Computers won’t replace doctors any time soon, but they can help with diagnosis

ANALYSIS


In the next few years, patients will probably have their first interaction with a medical artificial intelligence (AI) system. The same technology that powers self-driving cars, voice assistants in the home, and self-tagging photo galleries is making rapid progress in the field of health care, and the first medical AI systems are already rolling out to clinics.

Thinking now about the interactions we will have with medical AI, the benefits of the technology, and the challenges we might face