Robots As Medical Friends of The Family?


During Mitt Romney’s run for President of the United States of America joejolly saw this article: Sun daddy:

 ‘Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors’

The article appeared on The Register website. It referenced healthcare. Mitt Romney’s health care business caused some people, who served up healthcare  services, to question whether there was a “proper” balance between care for the patient and care for profits. The article was quite sensational. The article’s speaker is a co-founder of the well known Sun Microsystems. Vinod Khosia made sensational statements – listen:

[…]Speaking at the recent Health Innovation Summit in San Francisco, Khosla referred to today’s physicians as “voodoo doctors,” noting that “Health care is like witchcraft and just based on tradition,” according to conference attendee Davis Liu, who discussed Khosla’s provocative comments in a blog post.

“Khosla believed that patients would be better off getting diagnosed by a machine than by doctors,” Liu wrote, and that the ex-Sunner was of the opinion that creating a comprehensive diagnostic system was a simple problem to solve, and one not requiring doctors to build it.[…]

Has computer software reached the point where bugs are no longer a frequent intruder? Could JAVA provide the medical software engine that would prove that software does not make mistakes or has no bugs? Joejolly visited the register’s article earlier but came back to it again after reading this:

 UK’s first hand transplant operation

And a link on the same page says:

‘World’s first hand transplant’

Now those “voodoo doctors” performing the hand transplant operation might have had an assist from a software program like Java but software played the role of a tool – not the brains of the operation. And one might remember that man is not totally comfortable in the presence of a robot. Human to human seems to work ok. Human to robot is still a “work in progress”.

Isaac Asimov devised his set of rules to apply to robots. Wikipedia explains Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of robotics:

The Three Laws are:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

It seems that there is the possibility that robots have yet to gain or perhaps even entertain subservience to man. And that becomes “threatening”  – perhaps – in some environments. Who is the fastest “man” on earth? It appears not to be a man but a robot. From the PC & TECH AUTHORITY website we see:

28.3 mph

Cheetah robot outpaces Usain Bolt as humanity shudders

The movie of this robot running does not bring out the “guffaws” that earlier robots brought forth by just trying to walk.

But only after robots learn how to cry will they be able to perform as a human being performs. That will show that the robot cares about the outcome of an act. But that, of course, is not a present day task.

[ But just think. If 80% of doctors are replaced by machines – greedy bastards will have a field day]

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