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Fear of AI: A History of Change and Adaptation in healthcare.

Fear of AI: A History of Change and Adaptation in healthcare.

Do you remember the first time you used the Internet? Can you believe that at that time many “experts” underestimated or dismissed the use of this technology?

Ever since humans began crafting tools, innovation and technological change have evoked both awe and fear.

With every advancement, there are supporters and detractors.

In medicine, numerous innovations faced initial skepticism.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for instance, raised doubts about its safety and efficacy compared to traditional X-rays.

Telemedicine was viewed by some as an inferior form of medical care, questioning the quality of remote diagnosis.

And laparoscopy, which revolutionized surgery with less invasive procedures, met resistance from traditional surgeons.

Despite the resistance, each innovation brings new opportunities that offset the negative effects of change.

Today, Artificial Intelligences (AI) mark that new horizon.

While it’s natural for seasoned professionals and leaders to feel apprehensive, we face a crucial question:

Are we willing to sideline the potential of AI in the healthcare field to protect the status quo?

Technologies mirror our humanity, with its strengths and flaws. Indeed, AI can be tools for progress or destruction.

Despite their shortcomings and risks, I firmly believe in their undeniable potential in our work.

Regrettably, I’ve observed opinion leaders organizing events to “warn” about the dangers of AI and, even more concerning, calling for its regulation, reminiscent of authoritarian regimes where the use of the internet and social media is restricted or entirely banned.

We cannot allow AI to face the same fate in established democracies.

Just as education, being informed, and access to the internet are human rights, the free use of artificial intelligences should be as well.

AI is yet another tool, and its use is in our hands.

Instead of fearing it, let’s explore its potential for our benefit and that of our patients.

History has taught us that humanity always adapts and thrives in the face of change.

I invite you to educate yourself about artificial intelligences, exchange ideas, engage in debates, and, why not, lead their ethical implementation.

Let’s not fear the future; let’s build it together, adapting and reinventing ourselves, time and time again.

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