Imagine the future when you go to your doctor to be treated for some sort of ailment. After collecting and entering key data into an app, she’s presented with a clinical diagnosis and optimal course of treatment, including the correct medications. While she’s there to talk “human-to-human” to the patient, it’s a predictive model and algorithm that’s done all the heavy lifting. That day is rapidly approaching, if not already here. Are we ready for it?
Everywhere we look these days, someone’s talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI). It started with ads from large computer manufacturers and technology firms. The list of AI advancements and new capabilities is almost too long to list. AI knows no boundaries, and it has recently been introduced to our National Pastime. You may have read that the Atlantic League, an eight-team independent minor league baseball association is experimenting with software to call balls and strikes. The umpire (human) is there for quality control purposes only, and to verbally say ball or strike. A ball that hits the ground in front of home plate and bounces through the strike zone is not a strike!