Are We Alone – Humans Need Not Apply: Or Do They?

by Gary Niederhoff on November 22, 2010

Part 4 of Humans Need Not Apply, wherein a musicologist, a pilot, and a doctor each argue for the human touch required in their profession. Featuring James Bennighof, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and professor of music theory at Baylor University in Texas, Eric Van De Graaff, cardiologist at Alegent Health, and Kathy Abbott, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors at the Federal Aviation Administration.
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avatar Bob Ames November 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

After being housebound due to an as-yet undiagnosed illness for the past 1.5 years, my experience with doctors has convinced me that an AI would be infinitely preferable to me. 🙂

As for the diabetes/smoker patient example, you could easily have the software change its response by asking the patient whether they were satisfied with the result. If not, it would try a different tact, and another, until the patient indicated that they were satisfied. At least with an AI there would be fairness at last (in the sense of getting the best advice at all times, and so inexpensive that it could be made available to everyone). Same goes for teachers, and any profession which is entirely knowledge-based.

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