For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

IN BRIEF

Chinese AI-powered robot Xiaoyi took the country’s medical licensing examinations and passed, according to local reports. Xiaoyi is just one example of how much China is keen on using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.

 ROBOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to be truly intelligent —that is, on a level on par with human cognition— AI agents have to pass a number of tests. And while this is still a work in progress, AIs have been busy passing other kinds of tests.

Xiaoyi, an AI-powered robot in China, for example, has recently taken the national medical licensing examination and passed, making it the first robot to have done so. Not only did the robot pass the exam, it actually got a score of 456 points, which is 96 points above the required marks.

This robot, developed by leading Chinese AI company iFlytek Co., Ltd., has been designed to capture and analyze patient information. Now, they’ve proven that Xiaoyi could also have enough medical know-how to be a licensed practitioner.

In short, there’s no need to fear an AI takeover in the medical field, even though many worry that such advances will eliminate human jobs. In this case, it is quite the opposite, because this AI will work to augment the capabilities of its human counterparts instead of replace them. So, at least for now, you don’t have to worry about being referred to a robot doctor.

 

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