I’m chatting to my doctor. My doctor is a robot. I’m asking it, through my smartphone, about the pain in my ankles. I happen to know that it’s Achilles tendinopathy – inflammation of the tendons resulting from too much hard running – but will the robot correctly diagnose this? In other words, is artificial intelligence - computer systems that can recreate and often improve on human decision-making, known as AI - really going to take over medicine, as many experts claim? My doctor doesn’t have a name, but she (the voice is warm, caring and female) works for Babylon, a firm that already runs full GP services by smartphone, including video calls with (human) GPs. But for simpler medical problems… To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free Register for free to continue reading this article Register Or unlock all Premium articles. Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week Start trial Start an annual subscription and receive a Fitbit Versa, worth £199 View all subscription options | Already have… Read full this story
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