Is your GP better than Dr Bot?

  Myles Foley summarises Brian Cox’s “You and AI” panel discussion What is the role of AI in society – or, rather, what will become the role of AI in society? That was the overarching theme of the ever quick-witted Brian Cox at his “You and AI” event, an evening of debate and discussion with panellists Dr Vivienne Ming, Professor Peter Donelley and Dr Suchi Saria. First up for consideration was the definition of AI, on which the panel converged with relative ease; AI is an autonomous system which is capable of solving problems with no right answer. This can…

“the AI will see you now” Is privacy the price of AI in healthcare?

Ever since the 1970s there has been a fascination with artificial intelligence, or AI. In the last decade or so, “smart” technology has developed and become a part of our everyday lives; many of us are the proud owners of pocket-size devices which can compute, play and contact at the touch of a button. But while the potential applications of AI in medicine are vast, exciting, and could potentially transform healthcare, the technology has not yet managed to become a widespread phenomenon. This could be set to change as technology is refined and becomes more accurate – but there are…

Recurrent Neural Networks: a suitable model for the brain?

Artificial neural networks (ANNs) form the architecture behind machine learning and artificial intelligence. These technologies are undergoing an explosion in use – from computer vision systems for self-driving cars and Snapchat filters, to voice recognition and big data processing for research. These algorithms are powerful because they effectively program themselves; they learn associations between input and output from large training datasets, and then apply this ‘knowledge’ to new situations. Computer vision, for example, is a complex problem that is incredibly difficult to write software for. It is hard enough for a computer to understand the outline of a cat against…

MedEthEx: Artificial Intelligence and Medical Ethics

MedEthEx is a prototype system developed by Michael Anderson, Susan Anderson and Chris Armen, to address the issue of ethics in medicine. The authors claim that the system can serve a vital educational role – both in and out of the clinic – and provide medical practitioners with the tools necessary to survive in the clinical setting, where such ethical dilemmas are bound to arise. Indeed, the system purports to guide medical practitioners through the hazy moral grey areas of medical ethics. Anderson, Anderson and Armen suppose that medical dilemmas arise due to a conflict of deep-rooted intuitions, or prima…

The RUMS Review: Back to the Beginning

A short interview with Rebecca Mackenzie, a fifth-year medical student and co-founder of the RUMS Review. What prompted you to establish the RR? The fact that a student magazine for the medical school didn’t already exist, which was crazy considering all of the amazing things going on in-and-around the medical school. It’s also lovely for alumni to see what current students are getting up to, as well as for current students to see the amazing things alumni have gone on to do. This provided the perfect platform! What was the most difficult thing about starting the RR? The easiest thing…