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This AI Life

IET factfile: This AI life

Can artificial intelligence give the kiss of life to the UK’s National Health Service?

This report explores the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the health and social care sector. It examines the benefits that the technology could bring to healthcare systems such as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), but also the challenges that must be overcome in areas such as ethics, regulation and data handling.

It features interviews with leading commentators on the technology, as well as experts from across the healthcare sector; mini case studies on past and current applications of AI; factual references to other documentation and sources of information relating to this topic; and opinions from the authors on the effectiveness of previous attempts to implement AI technology in the health space, and where they see it going in the future.

The paper was co-authored by Peter Warren, a freelance journalist specialising in technology, computer security, undercover investigations and science issues alongside radio producer and artificial intelligence researcher Jane Whyatt. Warren and Whyatt are Editor and Broadcast Editor for Future Intelligence, an online news site and think tank that produces reports, videos, audio and podcasts, and is responsible for the technology radio programme PassW0rd.

Future Intelligence also co-organised a conference held at IET London: Savoy Place on 3 October 2018 titled ‘This AI Life: Ensuring our AI future works for us’, along with the IET and Cooley which featured presentations and panel sessions involving several of the interviewees contributing to this report.