Artificial intelligence (AI)'s diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation as the technology helps people maintain their health, assists physicians with tasks, and assumes more behind-the-scenes work.
Researchers also expect patients to become acclimated to AI as part of their care, although there are limitations.
The University of Southern California (USC)'s Albert Rizzo doubts AI will replace humans in jobs that only people can perform.
Rizzo's team is developing a program that combines AI with a virtual reality character originally designed to determine whether returning veterans might require therapy. The program gives USC students easy access to advice on coping with loneliness, getting better sleep, or managing other college-life challenges.
Some researchers believe much of AI's potential benefits resides behind the scenes, in analyzing large volumes of data or images to detect problems, or to predict disease progression.
From Associated Press
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