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The Question Medical AI Can't Answer


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The Question Medical AI Can't Answer

One of the earliest successful AI algorithms in health care was the MYCIN program, an expert system that could answer the "Why?" question by backtracking through its probability calculations to tell the user how it arrived at an answer. This was an important advance in AI, which we seemed to have lost in the search for better-performing algorithms.

Good clinician consultants should be able to explain why they arrived at a particular recommendation. Unfortunately, modern AI algorithms are rarely able to provide an answer to the question of why they think an answer is a good one.

We must keep clinicians in mind as we develop and evaluate AI algorithms for use in the clinic. We must constantly be thinking about what is good for the patient and how to garner the trust of clinicians using the software. The ability of AI to explain itself will be key.

From Scientific American
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