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NHS England chief medical adviser met with Babylon about AI

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There are many considerations here that could be made and surely I remain to be convinced that there is a logic ground for thinking that something like Babylon will be a cost and time effective "experiment". I would surely advocate that the Babylon "owners" could run a "privately funded" trial in a "private practice only" context, and for a few years. If successful, then NHS could consider contracting Babylon. To be said about AI: be mindful much of the clinical data that we feed AIs is imperfect, hence we should not expect perfect answers. In fact, errors could scale-up vertiginously. Recognising that is the first step in managing the risk. Decision-making processes built on top of AIs need to be made much more open to scrutiny. As someone else said before me: "Since we are building artificial intelligence in our own image, it is likely to be both as brilliant and as flawed as we are".

Posted date

29 Jan 2018

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11:03pm

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