Monday, 1 January 2018

artful dodger

Not that we ought to begrudge or stint machines in the slightest for having the keener of sight that surpasses human vision and experience (and in fact ought to congratulate ourselves for contriving a such a useful confidant) when it comes to medical screening or spotting exoplanets, that noteworthy but fordable skills-gap made me recall this recent study that aimed to impart the critical look of scholars of the visual arts to those who aspire to become physicians, which had a measurable and subjective impact for those involved.
Medical students—especially those whose diagnoses and treatment plans are built from a collection of visually-oriented evidence, were taught differing dispositions and exercises for reflecting on a tissue sample among colleagues and appreciating it for the work of art that it is. And with this critical eye to construct a narrative, students and practitioners alike were able to draw—possibly with greater insight and creativity—pathologically pertinent conclusions. Moreover as a larger swath of credentialed professionals see their bailiwicks threatened by artificial intelligence and even the most godlike doctor may be made humble and redundant by a sub-routine, it is worth remembering that the combination, collaboration of human and machine (as we’re not fearful of torque or an inclined plane) is always unbeatable against either champion alone. Be sure to visit the link above to learn more about the teaching techniques and to see a video demonstration with testimonials.