Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Going to the doctor? The robot will see you now...

I have written before about issues (both ethical and legal) related to artificial intelligence, driverless cars and the like.  So I am writing today to point out an article about artificial intelligence in medicine since it is clearly not inconceivable that at some point it will be possible to create databases of information that can be used to diagnose and treat matters of health.  You can read the article "The (A.I.) Doctor Will See You Now: What if artificial intelligence could accurately diagnose you—and save you a trip to the doctor’s office?" here.

I don't know if there a lot of literature on this topic, but it certainly is an interesting one that raises lots of questions.  How should the practice be regulated?  If mistakes are made and injuries caused, should the claims be considered medical malpractice or products liability?  Should they be evaluated under a negligence standard of strict liability?

I think it is just a matter of time before we face the need to ask these questions.

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