Will artificial intelligence replace Pathologists, Radiologists, Microbiologists?
Artificial intelligence is getting really, really good. In fact, it has become so technologically advanced that some high-skilled jobs that we once believed were "robot-proof" actually are not. So, are pathologists going the way of elevator and telephone operators? Probably not, but the outlook isn't fantastic, either. The authors of The Lancet study note that there has been a relative decline in the pathology workforce because the number of new cancer cases is outpacing the number of pathologists entering the field. So, demand for pathologists is increasing. However, AI likely will reduce the number of human pathologists that are actually needed. If, for instance, all the "easy" cases are diagnosed by computers, then that means pathologists (in combination with AI) would only be needed for the "harder" cases.
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