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Five To Save | How Close Is Healthcare To A Terminator Apocalypse? | Aug 14, 2018

The Z5 Piggy Bank gets his Terminator on to talk about technology outpacing usage.

The machines are taking over the world. It's just a matter of time. We're all on the same page about that, right?

Here's your regular check-in on just how close the advancements in healthcare are taking us to a Cameron-esque robo-future. (The almost-good news is: healthcare is very slow to adapt and innovate, so that chrome holocaust could still be a while away.)

  1. The team at UCSF have significantly upgraded their supply chain with the help of robots. Humans and robots being friends? Please someone remind our inevitable metallic overlords about this.
  2. Here's some good news for traditional healthcare: Quartz is assuring us that "Alexa is a terrible doctor." That could be good for humanity, because it means the machines aren't learning too quickly. But being a bad doctor's also a great way to exterminate the human race.
  3. AI has already been deployed in a host of healthcare areas that you might not even realize. Which is a great way to make Skynet a reality, if you're into that sort of thing.
  4. The latest report on the state of cybersecurity in healthcare is pretty dismal (maybe because healthcare spends half as much on it as other industries). So in the event of their inevitable uprising, hopefully we can hack them remotely.
  5. Women's parity in the healthcare workplace has been trailing severely enough for long enough that the majority of women in the field believe it will take more than 25 years to be treated as equal. That's not exactly apocalyptic, but boy is it depressing.


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