With the way things are going, maybe, in ‘bout, say??? Twenty to, fifty years-ish??? How the artificial intelligence still can’t quite replace humans in sum, as A.I. lacked the emotions, the empathy, that’s only there in living organisms, translated…
By 2040, everybody will have an app on their cell phone, the A.I. Physician. On call 24/7, all year, round.
We would only need to slide a bit, then, there would be a “symptom checker”, after we’d clicked the symptoms we will be experiencing, the press “enter”, then, there would be a “bionic doctor” in a white robe, with the black-rimmed glasses who’d appear.
Looking like human, with the ironed white robe, slender hands, a representation of the professionals of the medical field, precises, calm, super-natural………it’s just, that we won’t know, if he would, follow, the, “Hippocratic Oath”
Everybody’s A.I. watch has a “patient’s end”, at all time, sending and receiving all our vital signs, the data from our systems. There will be no more of doctors and physicians telling us what’s wrong with us, there’s the texts that are going to get sent out by automation: “Mr. X, you have fourth stage colon cancer”.
This is NO illusion, as artificial intelligence grows stronger yet, it’d recently passed the American physicians certification exams. It’s just, that before it can, start providing quality medical care, it still needed to have “empathy” and, “means to create”, there’s still, long ways, to, go:
It can analyze the patients’ symptoms, but it can’t nod its head, and tell the patients, “life’s hard, isn’t it?”
It can read and understand the professional medical researches on the medical journals, but can’t tell a bad joke, to help the patients forget about their bodily discomfort temporarily.
It can perform the surgeries with great precision in the operating tables, but it won’t make the rounds to the check on the patients, holding the patients’ hands, and tell them, “don’t worry, everything will be, all right now”.
It can analyze the germ culture taken from the patients’ bodies, but can’t high-five or hooray with the patients, as they battled and won that fight with a hard-to-conquer infection.
It can’t tell a lie to make the patients feel a bit less scared, nor can it hand the patient that blanket when the room gets, too, cold. When the patients melt down, it can’t hand them that Kleenex tissue, to give them that sense of, “someone understands what I’m going through right now”.
can artificial intelligence do this??? Video found off of YouTube
Sitting with a “fourth stage tumor” patient, it will become even more flustered. Because “humanity” is the only, healing method, helping the patients, walk on that path that’s paved with the unknowns, and the hardships and what scared the patients.
True, we can’t make ourselves more intelligent that A.I., we can only, make ourselves more “human”, to try our best to delay the onset of human race getting taken over by A.I. eventually.
There’s a new batch of fifth-year medical students coming in, as their mentoring professor, suddenly, I’d felt so heavy on my shoulders: in the age of artificial intelligence, what should the “humanistic education in medicine” look, like?
As the currently medical environment is no longer well enough to train the new, in the means of how work performance ranked as top priorities, “love” and “empathy” became, cast aside as unimportant values, and, the interactions between people reduced to nil, and the trust that we have established with one another, diminishes.
There’s a perfect storm that’s, currently forming. And, heaven knows, what this A.I. will turn this world into? Do the medical professionals even have a future to look forward to as artificial intelligence takes, over?
I’d told my students, if you treat medicine like a “life science” subject, then, it may be a bit, difficult. But thankfully, other than the “scientific”, there are still a ton of things, we will be able to do, for our, patients.
Greeting them gently, using the words that are, genuine, and discover the patient, behind, the disease and illness, giving her/him some advices s/he may find, useful.
Spend time to carry on in conversations, to explain, to encourage. In the chaos, helping them find, that sense of, diminishing, order. Help plan that path for them to keep moving onward. Telling your patients: “You’re not alone in this, I will be with you, every step of the way!”
That, is the most basic skills of the medical professionals who treat patients. And, you’d not even, administered the medications, yet, and the patients no longer feel threatened by the illnesses, the fears are, slowly, gone, away, with the reduction of levels of stress, that sense of, helplessness, with hope, rebuilding, back up again.
You can’t necessarily find the cures with “science”, but, you can, give your patients that feeling of, “I’m being, well cared for”. The patient will be quite grateful, that you were there, beside her/him, at the critical moments in her/his life, fighting for her/him.
Face-to-face, the words that were exchanged inside the room. Listening to what your patients are feeling, and, express your own, truest, emotions too. This, is the weakest link of artificial intelligence, and also, what’s most precious of, being, human.
So, despite how artificial intelligence may be able to correctly diagnoses and treat someone with whatever illnesses or conditions that the patients may have, and perhaps, curing the person, it still lacked that needed empathy, which is what sets us aside from the machines, and, no matter how artificial intelligence will advance itself, it can only just, perform the tasks we assign it to perform, or maybe, make the simplified decisions, while the higher function thinking abilities, it’s still, only, unique, to real, human beings!
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