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Medical News & Perspectives
June 3, 2020

Artificial Intelligence: Promise, Pitfalls, and Perspective

JAMA. 2020;323(24):2448-2449. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8737

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been lauded as a cure-all for many of the world’s pressing problems. It might enhance cybersecurity, reduce energy consumption, or strengthen wildlife conservation. In health care, some AI proponents have expressed particular enthusiasm about potential applications in precision medicine and analyzing radiology and pathology images. Recently, 90% of health care insiders surveyed said they believe that AI will improve patients’ experiences with diagnostics and electronic health record management. Despite all those hopeful forecasts, however, the promise of AI remains to be fully realized.