It’s an unspoken consensus to visualize robot doctors at the mention of artificial intelligence in medicine. In reality, it’s probably like this: just three more days before you go on an overseas conference and you found yourself with a bad sore throat. You knew you have to do something about it but your family doctor will not have an available slot till a week later.

Without a choice and desperate for a quick remedy, you resorted to a healthcare mobile app, the chatbot asked you several questions about your symptoms and suggested you to have a video-call with one of their doctors. You did and paid for the consultation, dropped by the nearest pharmacy thereafter to collect your prescriptions and recover right before your trip.

AI is not taking over the role of traditional medicine but rather, enhancing it by changing the nature of how healthcare is being provided and making it more efficient. All the more, we hope that AI can fill in the gap of physician scarcity and reach out to remote areas where standard healthcare is not available.

Nevertheless, the continuous depletion of human contact is a concern.  Just imagine the “consultation room of the future” showcased at the recent World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai; there is no need to queue and just panels depicting one’s medical records and ready to give diagnosis and treatment.

How will a patient, who is in pain or despair by his/her medical symptoms, react to such minimalism? Doctors do not just provide medical treatment but care too and “true” care requires conscious experiences. Is AI able to sustain that? Let’s explore with a group of speakers whether taking away care is an AI disadvantage which we need to look into.

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Session Focus: AI in medicine: Pros and Cons

When: Friday, December 14th 2018 (08.00-09.00)

A morning to hear from the experts whether having artificial intelligence in medicine is a blessing or a curse.

Attendees will gain the following knowledge:

Underline the pros and cons of AI in different facets of medicine.

Be Informed of the latest developments in the field and find out if certain benefits can be magnify.

Learn the roots of the problems; whether the pros and cons will persist as AI and other forms of new technology mature.

Benefit from the diverse input provided by an array of speakers with medical and technology background.


Anthony Chang, Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, CHOC and Founder of AIMed, USA

Daniel Kraft, Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience, Singularity University; Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine, USA

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