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Biomedicine Update at 21st Century Tech Blog: The Future of Medicine is the iDoctor

Posted on December 30, 2012

If some pundits are right, 80% of doctors will find themselves replaced by machines in the 21st century. What kind of machines? Well more a combination of hardware and a big dollop of software to create iDoctors, computers backed by Internet-based datasets with artificial intelligence front ends and powerful analytical capability. Like Watson, the machine that whipped two human trivia champions on Jeopardy, these iDoctors would feature computers as far removed from the laptop, tablet or desktop system you are using to read this blog. They will be minimally multiple-arrayed parallel processors, and later on neuromorphic computer systems. They will be able to assess a patient through observation and questioning. They will then suggest suitable tests, evaluate the results, make a diagnosis and come up with recommended treatment. They will be able to do this with minimal medical supervision and only if surgery or complex treatment is prescribed will require human second opinions.

Read more: Biomedicine Update at 21st Century Tech Blog: The Future of Medicine is the iDoctor | World Future Society.

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