Dr. Joscha Bach: Artificial Intelligence In Medicine, Conscious Machines, and The Future of Healthcare Providers
In this episode of the Smarter Not Harder Podcast, our guest Dr. Joscha Bach joins our host Dr. Ted Achacoso to give one-cent solutions to life’s $64,000 questions that include:
- Will physicians and other healthcare providers be replaced by AI technologies?
- Can AI help solve the most frightening aspects of US healthcare, or are we beyond solutions?
- What is the future of conscious machines?
WHO IS JOSCHA BACH?
Dr. Joscha Bach is a renowned AI researcher and cognitive scientist, known for his work in understanding the complex architecture of the human mind. Dr. Bach holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück in Germany, and has worked as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, as an affiliate at the Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and as Principal AI Engineer at Intel Labs Cognitive Computing group. He has published extensively on cognitive architectures, mental representation, emotion, social modeling, and multi-agent systems.
This may be the very first recorded conversation with Dr. Bach that is centered on the role of AI in medicine and health care.
WHAT DID WE TALK ABOUT WITH DR. JOSCHA BACH?
[00:00] Empathy is important, but it's also important to develop distance and reflection about yourself.
[06:38] AI-generated medical suggestions can be useful but should not be the sole source of advice.
[18:14] Alternative regulatory systems can compete with existing ones to introduce pressure for change.
[23:51] Regulation can stifle innovation and harm new industries.
[35:15] Automated decision tools can create a degree of fairness that you might otherwise not have.
[40:52] Understanding death as a part of life and dying with dignity.
[52:19] Building an empathetic AI is possible, but it requires a deep understanding of moral and ethical contexts.
[57:33] AI's role in advancing diagnostics and therapeutics.
[1:09:10] Simulation can aid in identifying factors but real-world context is important.
[1:14:48] The only difference between a drug and a poison is the dose.
[1:25:39] Exploring the relationship between biological life and consciousness.
[1:31:17] Developing a self requires coupling to the world and discovering oneself in it.
[1:42:10] Health optimization medicine regards the body as an ecosystem of cooperating and competing cells in the network.
[1:47:49] AI can be helpful in healthcare, but professionals need to understand the formal tools to make progress.
[1:58:45] Adaptive AI for industrial robots
[2:04:30] Building meaningful relationships is the most important thing in life.
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