Artificial intelligence is something very fascinating to think about when it comes to health. As humans, we are constantly trying to make our lives more efficient. We continue to invent and refine things in our lives that allow our lives to appear and seem easier. As we advance in technology and the area of health, it makes me wonder. I can imagine a world where people are continually connected to devices that are monitoring absolutely everything about them. The devices won’t be big. They will be discreet but bountiful. For example, you would look at your watch and know how much energy you have by the accumulated data of sleep, nourishment, and environmental factors.
We are not far from this reality. We see A.I. enter all areas of the healthcare space. A company called Health Tap which allows access to physicians via facetime on demand came out with Ask Dr. A.I. Marketed as “your personal AI-powered physician.” It’s a tool that lets you answer questions about yourself and a database, with intelligence, can gather information on your symptoms and then express the likelihood of having diagnoses. Some databases are building to collect as many data as possible to be able to allow computers, and robots to access the information and present it back to us in the most efficient manner.
Will we soon have our personal assistance robots? Will we be able to buy them for our homes? Will they be able to function as a doctor and as a maid depending on their program? We continue to add this technology into our lives because we believe it will make us more efficient. Is it going to make our lives better, though?
I am skeptical about how much joy and health it will bring into our lives. Will people miraculously become healthy because they have a personal assistant robot? Will they be able to prevent depression because they have a robot? Based off what I do know and what I do have experience, we have so much information at our fingertips already, and we’re all not healthy and happy. It’s 2017, and we have had the internet around for almost 30 years. We have people suffering every day from chronic illnesses perpetuated by their behavior and drowning in depression. Having the information at our fingertips may have made it easier for some, but not all.
More and more studies demonstrate socially engineering health. Social engineering means they are creating spaces, both physical and non-physical platforms, where influencing your health is social. Groups are going to change together. You’re more liable to be overweight if your friends are overweight, and you’re more likely to be healthy if your friends are healthy. We have started to recognize that companion power is stronger than will power. By making your life and your health social, allows people to be more aware of the changes they need to make and holds them accountable to making the changes. So, if we are such emotional beings that need this type of human interaction influence to change our lives, will a robot be able to affect the same thing?
Human interaction is something that a robot may never be able to replace in our day and age. We may not see it in our lifetimes, but one day, there might be a time when robots can have human interactions. They could look and feel like a human and to consciously think like one. The future is limitless. The possibilities are endless.