Medical Implications of A.I.

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Dante

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Medical Implications of A.I.
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:47:29 am »
A.I. in the medical profession could be a life-saver (litrally)

For instance, some hospitals now have an Expert system for dealing with some inpaitants.
Yet I see a further use for A.I; take, for instance, the humble hospital bed. I peronally think that a computer program, able to watch you 24/7, administer drugs as required would save a lot of time, and, in the long run, money.

But you've all seen the da-vinchi robot? What if something like that was completely automated? No slip of the hand, for starters!

But, take another implication, imagine the far future, where neuro-ware was the common thing, would it seem so out of place to give someone a partly artifical brain? Where some of the worst age-related conditions could be avoided? Or, indeed, cognitive function enhanced? Part Human, Part A.I., that, to me, would be fantastic.


So, the questions becomes, would you agree with this? Would you prefer a system taking care of you, with lower chances of mucking up, or indeed, falling alsleep?

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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 03:04:56 pm »
Interesting post.  I think I would be fine with some AI system monitoring me in hospital but for some reason the thought of it administering medication worries me.  I think I can live with human error better than I can with machine errors it would seem.  But maybe if that became commonplace I would be less hesitant.

I don't have a personal problem with enhanced brains, especially if they can help fight certain conditions.  It would be great when I am old not to be a burden to anyone.  Also if we can have artifical limbs and hearts then why not brains or partial brains.


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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007, 03:49:34 pm »
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But, take another implication, imagine the far future, where neuro-ware was the common thing, would it seem so out of place to give someone a partly artifical brain? Where some of the worst age-related conditions could be avoided?

IM sure it wil happen yes, personally, messing too much with the laws of nature, but has been said in another thread, is it human to evolve and expand our life expectancy, or are we playing a dangerous game that may one day turn round and bit the hand that feeds it?

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Would you prefer a system taking care of you, with lower chances of mucking up, or indeed, falling alsleep?

This also delves into the far future, where as I have said previously, will there actally be any need for any human involvement in anything? Robots to take out the trash, recycle, and generally do all the jobs we would rather not in society. Surely from a business point of view and a financial point of view, this would be beneficial, but what of the people who will lose work because of it in our never ending pursuit of populating the planet?

Would there always be a place for people to doc rappy jobs or would that then be a robots/AI's new domain?

All these things have very far reaching complications to my mind, and as the proverbial saying goes, I guess only time will tell.

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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 05:34:01 pm »
I personally know someone who died waiting for care in hospital, it was found that the nurse that was on duty was not acutally in hospital. Whilst I feel that such machines may make some feel threatened, they would still be something to prevent such things (going more along the lines of supporting the staff, rather then replacing them)

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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 05:46:15 pm »
Very good points Dante and this is something that was touched upon in the MAtrix films (never ceases to amaze me how brilliant they were in their structure and messages) in that we 'are' reliant on machines in some form or another for many many things in our daily lives.

Humans do not give us running fresh water, or electricity, or heat etc etc. So it is I agree only a natural progression that as they become more complex etc, they will help us further, especially in the area you mentioned. What worries me long term (though I doubt I'll live to see it) is when they surpass us, and can quite literally do our job without help. What then?

Condolences for your friend by the way. never nice when we lose a loved one.

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 07:28:24 pm »
Ah yes, I remember 'These machines keep us alive, whilst other machines are coming to kill us'

Humans may become obsolete, and it worries me that if A.I. is really the 'next step' in evolution that Hans Moreavac would have us beleive, I can say that we may share the same fate as neanderthalls.

But still, there's hope...and the off switch, of course :P

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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 07:41:42 pm »
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Humans may become obsolete,

Quite agree, be it human nature, self populace, war, or even by machines, it is a possibility. This I think is what enviromentalists etc, and big government are really getting at with global warming etc. I am of the opinion (iand its purely my op), that they dont care about the planet, its a secondary issue, the prime issue is survival of the species. It just so happens that the planet is key to that survival.

As in the Matrix, AI may well take over, but as has been seen thosands of times the world over, it is survival of the fittest, and I could mention that another prge dominant species that once roamed the earth, also failed to continue. As they say, all good things come to and, and ultimatly, nothing lasts forever.

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Re: Medical Implications of A.I.
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011, 05:05:13 pm »
but what of the people who will lose work because of it in our never ending pursuit of populating the planet?

severe modification of state running system should happend. at least for using money. i think that in modern society where ai supplies us with enough goods (there is no hunger or any missings), money can be obsolete. ie. walk in store, ask a robot for goods and take it home. no work.

but in nowdays, at least working hours should be reduced, giving everyone a chance to earn something.

 


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