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Saturday, July 08, 2023

Dr. ChatGPT Will Interface With You Now

Inevitable applications, How broadly?  Accurately?


Dr. ChatGPT Will Interface With You Now Questioning the answers at the intersection of Big Data and Big Doctor, Eliza Strickland 

If you’re a typical person who has plenty of medical questions and not enough time with a doctor to ask them, you may have already turned to ChatGPT for help. Have you asked ChatGPT to interpret the results of that lab test your doctor ordered? The one that came back with inscrutable numbers? Or maybe you described some symptoms you’ve been having and asked for a diagnosis. In which case the chatbot probably responsed with something that began like, “I’m an AI and not a doctor,” followed by some at least reasonable-seeming advice. ChatGPT, the remarkably proficient chatbot from OpenAI, always has time for you, and always has answers. Whether or not they’re the right answers... well, that’s another question.

One question was foremost in his mind: “How do we test this so we can start using it as safely as possible?”

Meanwhile, doctors are reportedly using it to deal with paperwork like letters to insurance companies, and also to find the right words to say to patients in hard situations. To understand how this new mode of AI will affect medicine, IEEE Spectrum spoke with Isaac Kohane, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. Kohane, a practicing physician with a computer science PhD, got early access to GPT-4, the latest version of the large language model that powers ChatGPT. He and ended up writing a book about it with Peter Lee, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of research and incubations, and Carey Goldberg, a science and medicine journalist. ... 

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