Artificial Intelligence or Humane Intelligence?

Dr. James Amos with coffeeThere were reports of computer hackers being rushed to emergency rooms recently after the story about Artificial Intelligence (AI) was released:

Donkey laughingThat story is the chief etiology of Hacker Horselaugh Hernia (HHH), a newly-described traumatic injury to the hacker’s bowel triggered by uncontrollable, hysterical laughter over the very idea that anything electronic could take over humanity. Any hacker knows that’s impossible because you can’t even play video games on sophisticated gadgets if a hacker has a whim to shake his little finger at them. Why did they do it?

Because they could. Sounds like a line from the movie “Prometheus.”

Every time I read a clinical note on our electronic medical record, I know exactly which ones were dictated using so-called “voice recognition software.” The program is supposed to be able to learn how you speak and become more accurate over time as you use it. Keep your expectations low.

The prospect of AI taking over humanity is about as likely as a full-scale attack right now on our planet by Zombie Break-Dancing Ninja Koala Bears on Red Bull from Neptune.

You can’t even use a toaster these days without the arc-fault circuit breaker blowing out power all over the house, provided you can get the plug through the child tamper-proof outlet.

And just carrying a smartphone in your pocket can warp the darn thing. There is way too much written about that issue. My wife and I still have flip phones and we still use a calculator that is decades old.old caculator

If we can’t design an internet that will keep spam out of our email inboxes, then how can we design reliable AI? The day we build AI which could replace humanity is the day we’ll live in a thuringer-based economy.

AI in the healthcare system could work for some administrators who like Press Ganey evaluations. Just build them to say “yes” to anything patients request.

But most patients want a genuine, non-artificially intelligent conversation with their doctors in which they feel listened to and protected from harm–which means saying “no” sometimes. You need a human and humane doctor for that.




  1. I had the chance, on Thursday December 4th 2014, to participate to a lunch, organised by a French consulting company named Weave. This lunch was led by Frédéric Simottel from BFM Business and Gilles Babinet invited to the lunch.
    Gilles Babinet is the Digital Champion, representing France to the European Commission. Gilles was the first president of the National Digital Council, French organization set up by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France at that time. As part of this lunch, Gilles Babinet, developed themes of his book “The digital era, a new age of humanity“.

    If you are interested, I have posted an article about The third revolution and the digital age that you can read here:


  2. IBM’s Watson is a cognitive computing system, one that behaves like our brain, learning through experiences, finding correlations, and remembering — and learning from — the outcomes.
    First hitting the spotlight when pitted against two of Jeopardy’s biggest all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, IBM’s artificial intelligence machine names Watson threw these two off their throne in quick fashion – showing that artificial intelligence was a real thing and IBM has the technology.
    If you are interested, I have posted an article about IBM Watson that you can read here:


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