Not long ago, artificial intelligence was just a far-fetched topic for many science fiction books. Such stories describe either a version of the future where robots live in harmony with the humanity while other scenarios portray an apocalyptic end of this relationship. However, IBM managed to teleport this futuristic technology into our world. In 2011, the first one of a series of cognitive computers managed to win against professional players on the quiz show Jeopardy. Ginni Rometty is now announcing a new era for the heath care thanks to this technology.
The most anticipated event in the healthcare IT industry, HiMSS 2017, found the leader of IBM talking about cognitive computers going mainstream. Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM, opened the event with an encouraging speech. She gave the public hope to believe that big data had already made predictive analytics a reality. This technology is here to stay.
As she continued with her hopeful message, she unveiled three important metrics that are going to describe the future of health care industry. First of all, cognitive computers will be a reliable source for doctors and patients. They will act as an extension of medical care and they will not replace it altogether. Based on her five years of experience in artificial intelligence, she described the perfect product as transparent, domain specific, visionary, ubiquitous, and open source. These five attributes describe the healthcare industry of the future.
Secondly, the next two decades of healthcare development are going to focus on three vital decisions. These will be a cloud service, data architecture, and A.I. software. All these will enable the medical industry to become scalable, reliable, and secure. The third and final metric will the way officials choose to shape cognitive computers. If they proceed wisely, they can unlock a golden age.
Ginni Rometty closed her opening speech with an explanation for why people shouldn’t fear such a technology, but embrace it. Cognitive computers are not going to replace humankind, but their purpose is to help people evolve. She doesn’t believe that there is going to be a war between man and robot. If officials decide to deal this transition to the future of cognitive computers with responsibility and guided by ethics, the success will find robots and people working together.
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