What's up with AI in Healthcare?

Nobody is talking about this:

What’s up with AI in Healthcare?

No, not about replacing the social media guy for some tweets about the clinic.

I mean helping those that have
the hardest jobs,
are paid the least and
are treated like the
last scum of the earth.

I am talking about
cleaning personnel
people working in long-term palliative care
anyone really on the patient.

The “people” jobs.

The dirt jobs are still(!) done by idealists only.

Those jobs that are NOT spinning text all day and walking around in their smarty pants for the money.

Wiping dirt and tears.

Giving educated hints what the Doctor may actually say when sick people are confused after consulting the horrifying “Doctor Google”.

Coming to your bed at 2.45am for an extra shot of pain meds, with a gentle smile.

Nobody needs a “human written 100% passing AI detector 500 text blurb about his disease” when sick.

Those people “on the human”
are a shockingly small crowd of
extremely important,
yet exhausted, overloaded and
underpaid staff.

They are NOT benefiting from you
racking up a $843,350 hospital bill,
at all.

Yet, they are doing all the work that matters.

And they are getting burnt out
in every country,
no exceptions I know of.

There are only idealistic incentives to do this underpaid dirt work.

There’s no help insight.

But who’s gonna do all that in the future?

Who wants to do that in the future?

How can innovations in AI help?

Is somebody training an AI on actually “caring” about humans?

All the fluff talk about AI Safety and “Safe guards” is not about “not giving instructions for some chemicals”.

AI Safety would also be about making the machine
about humans
when in touch with humans.

Not write a poem about empathy and whatnot.

I don’t see any of that yet.

I may need to be corrected.

But for sure, the GDPR-stunt by Italy is not about any of this.

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I think this can be achieved in the future with Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)…

As someone once said “AI would take care of humans than humans take care of each other”.

Ofcourse with applying AGI safety concerns.

Sadly, AI, in its implementation, in the investment, in the drive to deploy it, is mostly about automation and mass production. Nurses and front-line medical workers may benefit from AI in having it affect their lives as any of the rest of us ‘consumers’ do, but the funding, the investment, doesn’t come from consumers, but from those who’ve already spent years devaluing front-line workers.

In the next few years, health monitors and diagnostic equipment might all be AI controlled, and even on arrival in a hospital, a patient might be simply instructed to put on a fit-bit like monitor, checking their stress, heart-rate, breathing, etc. all so the hospitals can get away with even less doctors and nurses. Intensive Care especially is an area where I can easily see half of the staffing needs being replaced with AI controlled automation of machines and monitors and dosage giving equipment.

Most importantly, AI will replace a lot of the administrative and managerial functions. The smaller workforce of doctors and nurses, even porters and janitors, will be directed by AI for maximum efficiency, just like Amazon have been doing for years with their own logistics in warehouse staff and delivery/distribution staff.

The burnouts will be horrendous, but since these AI driven systems need less workers, they can afford to burn twice as many if not more. They have twice the pool of potential workers compared to today, after all, and it’s not like any other professions are going to be much better off.

Robotics are expensive. Not just in development, but also in terms of materials. Rare and precious metals in circuit boards and chips, highly specialized and precise manufacturing of complex parts, etc. Humans won’t be replaced by robots. Humans are cheaper. Humans are the robots. Self-generating in endless quantity from completely renewable widely available materials (food), humans can be adaptive to a massive array of environments, can handle a much broader range of terrains, and can be trained for almost any basic task. Humans are the perfect grunts, the perfect robots, for the AI management systems to use.

The only thing machines cannot do, for now at least, is legally ‘own’ anything. So a proportionally tiny proportion of wealthy people will own the machines, while most humans will be managed by and working for those machines.