Robot Passes Medical Licensing Exam
November 20, 2017
The latest example is the medical assistant robot, the AI-powered Xiaoyi, which just passed the country’s medical licensing exams, according to state-run media. The robot, built by iFlytek Co. Ltd., scored 96 points higher than the minimal passing requirement—although it’s not indicated how that ranks compared to real-life human students.
Xiaoyi isn’t built to perform surgeries or engage in any kind of medical practice, though. Rather, it is meant only to capture and analyze patient information. But, the test shows the AI has processed enough information and learned enough to obtain a medical license.
The state-run media in China notes this is part of an ongoing effort throughout the country to integrate AI into nearly every industry as a means to boost efficiency and to grow the national footprint in the new race for international technological dominance. President Xi Jinping’s government set an ambitious goal of leading the world in AI by 2030, and according to reports like this, it seems that goal will be easily surpassed.