Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Some Amusing Musings About AI

Let us begin with a quote from Yogi Berra:

“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Yes, round and round and round we go, and where we stop, nobody knows. The contentious AI discussions on Aunt Minnie continue ad nauseum.

We've been having this very same discussion for YEARS now, with no real change, no resolution, no obvious final answer. And every time Google or some other NON-physician comes up with an algorithm they CLAIM will outdo a radiologist in detecting something somewhere on someone's scan, the sky is immediately declared to be falling. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm caught up in some Groundhog Day remake, where the nightmare won't end until Andie MacDowell falls in love with me (don't tell Mrs. Dalai!) Alternatively, I wonder if I've been trapped in an HGTV marathon wherein every episode has the same 3-act play:
  • AI can identify a cat picture, so we're doomed
  • Self-driving cars kill people, who are just as dead as if they had been killed by a drunk driver but Progress!
  • You can't sue the computer...what would you get? Transistors? But the lawyers will find a way anyway.
I'll repeat what I have said from Day One of this discussion:
  • AI is a TOOL to be used to help radiologists help patients. This is the mantra of every HEALTHCARE company in that space. Google, by the way, is NOT a healthcare company.
  • We radiologists need to be at the forefront of AI development, so it will do what we need it to do, not what some geek from Google tells us it needs to do.
  • AI will NOT replace radiologists in the working lifetime of anyone reading this.
The rest is commentary, gibberish, or both.

Trust me, children, there are things out there that have a far greater likelihood of disrupting your livelihood, such as corporate takeovers, intergroup squabbling, intragroup squabbling, plaintiff whores, bean-counters, rogue administrators, VC entrepreneurs, gossiping physicians, and others too numerous to list. AI is so far down that list as to be a non-issue.

I have begged you all to look at AI through the lens of how it could be used to do what you do better. That would be far more productive than this constant pity-party.

Think about it.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Generalized Anxiety?

Just a quickie post.

In reviewing the blog's activity, I'm noticing a yuuuuuuggge increase in the number of hits looking for information about GE PACS, particularly the Universal Viewer. Is there something going on with GE that I'm missing? New PACS? The old one been recalled?

Inquiring but retired minds want to know!