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Is medicine ready for AI? Doctors, computer scientists, and policymakers are cautiously optimistic

With the artificial intelligence conversation now mainstream, the 2023 MIT-MGB AI Cures conference saw attendance double from previous years.
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MIT-MGB AI Cures speakers and senior advisory committee members stand side-by-side. Left to right: Paul Anderson, Regina Barzilay, David Bates, Terry Ragon, Anne Klibanski, Jonathan Kraft, Mark Schwartz, Susan Hockfield, and Phillip Sharp. Credits: Image courtesy of Jameel Clinic.

UPDATE: MIT-MGB AI Cures is back on April 1, 2024. Registrations are now open.

The advent of generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT has prompted renewed calls for AI in health care, and its support base only appears to be broadening.

The second annual MIT-MGB AI Cures Conference, hosted on April 24 by the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (Jameel Clinic), saw its attendance nearly double this year, with over 500 attendees from an array of backgrounds in computer science, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and policy.

In contrast to the overcast Boston weather that morning, many of the speakers took an optimistic view of AI in health and reiterated two key ideas throughout the day: that AI has the potential to create a more equitable health-care system, and AI won’t be replacing clinicians anytime soon — but clinicians who know how to use AI will eventually replace clinicians who don’t incorporate AI into their daily practice.

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