From the printing press to electricity or the internet, certain developments throughout time have gone on to transform what’s possible. Known as general purpose technologies, these changes have revolutionised our lives, catalysing gains in productivity and quality of life that have exceeded our wildest expectations.
The new forms of generative AI being deployed across many areas of our lives well and truly fit into this category and have transformative potential. The impact they could have within health care is nothing short of breathtaking.
AI is not new to health care – there have been efforts to harness its potential since the 1960s. But all of these failed to deliver on their promise, leading to a decades-long ‘AI winter’ in health care. Only now are we starting to see AI’s true potential reveal itself. Why is this? There are two reasons.
First, it just needed time to get good. The new versions of AI are fundamentally different from what we’ve had before, and they’re improving every day.
And the second reason is the health care…