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November Meetup: AI in healthcare

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

We are partnering with Austin Vita this month to cover AI in healthcare – both the medical benefits and the ethical considerations. Please note the location for the meetup and timing are different this time round.

New technologies that harness artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) present huge opportunities to transform healthcare, improve the quality of people, and help health professionals.

At the same time, there are ethical concerns. For example, IBM’s Watson for Oncology is an artificial intelligence that reads patient medical records and makes treatment recommendations based on the patient’s history. Because Watson is a ‘black box’, doctors cannot ‘look inside’ to see the rationale behind a recommended treatment. How can we make sense of informed consent in an age of artificial doctors, when standardly informed consent requires that patients understand the rationale behind a treatment recommendation?

Followed by an introduction on ‘Current limitations, challenges and the future of AI’ by Dr. Hector Zenil (Karolinska Institute, Karolinska Hospital and Oxford Immune Algorithmics), a panel discussion on ‘AI in healthcare’ will be moderated by Dr. Kourosh Saeb-Parsy (Prof. of Transplantation at the University of Cambridge, NHS surgeon and Chief Medical Officer of Oxford Immune Algorithmics).

The panellists (to be announced) are experts in the UK in the areas of healthcare and AI, from government, industry and ethics. The discussion will centre around the following questions:

  • How can AI and ML help the NHS and its current challenges?
  • Is the type of AI and ML needed in clinical medicine different from other AIs?
  • What are the ethical considerations?
  • Who should be the direct customer of AI in healthcare today? The patient or the medical professional?
  • How is the future of healthcare in the next 10, 50 and 100 years?

About the Ethics panellist – Geoff Keeling

Geoff Keeling is a Research Assistant at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He is also a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Bristol. Geoff is interested in the ethics of artificial intelligence, and how we can make ethical decisions when we are uncertain about the consequences of our actions.

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