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Why AI And Healthcare Must Learn To Play Together

Because artificial intelligence (AI) has become so buzzy, and applied so indiscriminately – AI for pot, AI for beer brewing, AI for horse care, AI for sex ed (all examples courtesy of CB Insights) – it’s easy to dismiss as just another passing trend, like slap bracelets, Fitbits or a dignified presidency.

As Venrock VC and physician Bob Kocher recently commented:

I get pitched at least two companies per day claiming to have AI. I always ask them, “Tell me what AI is,” and they have yet to say the same thing. I have not seen one [product] that is truly learning or is truly intelligent.

That’s the bear view, and fairly representative of how many in healthcare see AI – just the latest bright, shiny object that’s unlikely to meaningfully impact their daily work.