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When Artificial Intelligence Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's to Blame?


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Credit: Reuters

Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces — it's also beginning to appear in the doctor's office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis?

AI raises profound questions regarding medical responsibility. Usually when something goes wrong, it is a fairly straightforward matter to determine blame. A misdiagnosis, for instance, would likely be the responsibility of the presiding physician. A faulty machine or medical device that harms a patient would likely see the manufacturer or operator held to account. What would this mean for an AI?

From Quartz
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