Will Technology Eliminate Doctors In The Future?

Will Technology Eliminate Doctors In The Future?

Who would you trust with your life, a human or a machine?

Where once we would laugh at that question, we now have to take a second glance.

IBMs Watson, probably one of the most well-known supercomputers in the world, is quickly topping his game-skill abilities and becoming a medical genius.

Artificial intelligence is moving into fields like radiology – where there currently is about 30,000 radiologists providing analysis each day – and is taking center stage in interpreting image results.

Smart surgical bots are also showing up in all kinds of places, including orthopedic knee replacement and Lasik eye surgery, though at current merely assisting rather than completing the surgery on its own.

But how long before that changes?

According to a report compiled by professor of management practice at London Business School Lynda Gratton, and futurologist David A Smith, in just a few years we could be seeing job titles like:

  • Human to machine interface programmer
  • Avatar manager
  • Robot counsellor
  • Old age wellness managers, and
  • Synthetic life designers

While we’ve always predicted that technology will take over repetitive and laborious tasks – many are gone already – what is surprising about our future is how much artificial intelligence will be integrated into what we currently do.

Are people prepared for both the good and the bad that go along with it?

A computer or robot is only as good as it is programmed. Yes, it can grow and change; artificial intelligence is bringing that into place. But fundamentally, a machine will never be able to fully understand the human condition. All the intricate details that make us unique individuals.

Because let’s face it, humans make mistakes, but technology does too.

Yes, safeguards are in place to prevent humans from making critical errors. And while technology is only in its beginning stages of what its true potential will be in the coming years, we all realize that it’s the Wild West out there, and technology needs its fair share of safeguards too.

What Artificial Intelligence Brings To The Office

What Artificial Intelligence Brings To The Office

Whatever technological processes and systems you are learning about today will be all but obsolete in just a few short years. Why? Because technology changes things so quickly, we barely have time to learn about it before it changes once again.

Technology automates processes and increases our capabilities, creating time savings for us that can be applied to more important tasks. Welcome to the world of AI – artificial intelligence. A world that allows machines and humans to work side by side to accomplish far greater things than we could ever do on our own.

But with this change comes the need to manage the process to be able to utilize it in the best way possible. And that falls on you, the person implementing artificial intelligence into your current processes.

Leadership has to be willing to lead by example. They have to be ready to embrace new things, change quickly, and welcome new roles as they come into play. If leadership isn’t willing to do it, employees never will.

For the IT department to thrive, that means management must shift thinking from finding ways for humans to do a job, to finding ways to automate more processes with the use of technology. With this line of restructuring, there will be resistance. People fight back when they see their position being taken over by a machine. It’s important to remind people that jobs are fluid; what they handle today may not be in their job description for tomorrow. Technology takes away repetitious jobs and makes way for people to do more important, more skilled jobs that offer far greater benefits to the overall cause.

Managing AI is different than managing people. Artificial intelligence brings the ability to process vast amounts of information in short periods of time. It creates repetition for the most common processes and accelerates the speed at which we can do things. But it never will take away our ingenuity and creativity, the ability to think outside the box to add newness to every process we create.

Yet taking initiative means learning how to work alongside technology rather than fighting it and making it more difficult than it has to be. That involves learning how systems work, and how to make processes easier by managing the data as it’s produced. Because machines are good at following rules and people are good at breaking them, training employees how to use this data to prevent problems before they occur will be key. Our future jobs will include improving functionality and business performance to do our jobs even better, to help narrow in on problem areas before they occur and create a system that will help us do even better.

The job of the IT department will no longer be limited to purchasing new technology and securing data already in place. It will stretch into implementing and automating procedures and transforming company data to make it work harder, faster and better than ever before. The IT department will have to see the bigger picture, find opportunities in ways of improvement that may never have existed before that moment in time. That takes a lot of training. That takes a lot of skill.

While that may pose challenges in growing a business, it also provides a world of opportunity. As a business, realizing early on that you don’t have to have the appropriate skills on staff to thrive is crucial. There are many ways to reach out into your community and find what you need to further your growth. We can help.

How will you incorporate artificial intelligence into your daily processes?

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Business

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Business

Steve Wozniak. Elon Musk. Stephen Hawking. The list reads like the Who’s Who of people at the top of their fields.

What do they all have in common? They all have a deep commitment to integrating artificial intelligence safely into our world. They’ve even signed a letter of commitment to prove it.

But what does that mean for us, businesses and consumers that are simply trying to do our jobs as best as possible?

Artificial Intelligence is defined as the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially in computer systems. These processes include a variety of human functions, including learning, reasoning, and self-correction. It’s quickly playing a role in all kinds of activities, from speech recognition, translating, and visual perception. We see it in our everyday lives.

Look no further than your phone to see AI in action. Ever ask Siri on your iPhone for a restaurant nearby? Or ask Cortana on your Android for directions? That’s AI helping you out with your everyday tasks.

At this point, our mobile devices are still primarily being used for status updates, texts, and selfies. But as artificial intelligence continues to become smarter, we see all kinds of ways to put it to use. Siri, for instance, can become your built-in assistant, and become smarter with each request you make. You no longer have to do some of the most repetitious parts of your day. Like copy/paste. Or switch back and forth between platforms to perform basic tasks. If Siri anticipates your moves, she can make them for you, saving you valuable time.

But of course, that’s only the beginning.

Imagine being able to upload an image and having everything about that image be instantly recognizable. Facial features can be analyzed and tagged, so it’s easily transferable to your social sites. And the image can also be analyzed for what is happening in the photo, creating copy that mirrors the actions in the image. It may not be perfect … yet. But AI is adding sophistication to the programming, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s a seamless process that requires little interaction from you, the user.

And of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Artificial intelligence doesn’t end with mobile and social media. In fact, it’s being used in every aspect of our lives.

It’s important to remember that AI is only in its infancy; it has many problems that still need to be worked out. Such as the axiom of AI being used for good versus evil. AI currently still acts randomly based on a limited number of predetermined, programmed conditions. But as AI becomes smarter, more opportunistic with the way it thinks, it can fall into many different hands for many different purposes.

Amazon, for instance, uses a machine learning service that analyzes results from data, based on its own internal algorithms, to predict customer spending habits. This concept can be transferred and used in other businesses in a variety of ways. If you can gain better insight into behavior, you can use it to produce AI that will help guide the critical decision-making process.

But what if the not-so-good use that same prediction model to learn your online search behavior, and use it to gain your trust to get access to your most private information?

While AI will continue to grow and be put into use in a variety of ways, it’s the threats that also have to be monitored along the way. When something is developed for good and has the opportunity to improve our lives, there are always threats that exist to use it for bad. Threat modeling, threat prediction, and threat analysis are all ever-growing challenges in the world of IT.

And if you don’t begin to take the necessary steps now to counteract what’s coming, the future may impact your more than you can imagine, sooner than you think.