How AI is changing medical practice

Sydney Ideas is delighted to welcome back Professor Frank Pasquale (Brooklyn Law School), a leading author and academic on the law of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and machine learning, along with local experts to unpack the challenges and advantages of AI and how it is changing medical practice.

The potential for AI and its ability to improve how healthcare is delivered is well documented. From supporting the patient experience and how they access healthcare services, to assisting practitioners in avoiding errors, AI can enable healthcare systems to offer better care to more people. However, we’ll only take full advantage of what AI has to offer, with wise policy choices.

How can governmental and other authorities better support the development of quality AI for diagnosis and clinical decision making? Do we have the systems in place to make the meaningful changes needed for doctors and hospital administrators to take genuine advantage of the potential of AI? What are the challenges they face? 

Hear from Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI (Harvard University Press, 2020) followed by a conversation with Associate Professor and Paediatric Anaesthetist, Justin Skowno and Professor of law and a specialist at the intersection of law and technology, Kimberlee Weatherall (moderator).

This Sydney Ideas event was held online, on Monday 25 July 2022.

This event is supported by ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-making and Society.

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The speakers

Frank Pasquale is an expert on the law of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and machine learning. He has recently been appointed to the U.S. National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC), which advises the President and the National AI Initiative Office at the Department of Commerce. Pasquale’s latest book, New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI (Harvard University Press, 2020) analyzes the law and policy influencing the adoption of AI in varied professional fields. 

Justin Skowno is an Associate Professor at Sydney, director of research in paediatric anaesthesia at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and project lead for Big Data for Small People at CHW, a collaborative critical care informatics programme. He has extensive experience in medical monitoring, physiology and data analysis, and is keenly interested in the question of how information technology and data science can transform the ways in which we care for the sickest patients.

Kimberlee is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney focusing on the regulation of technology and intellectual property law, and a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. She is a Fellow at the Gradient Institute, a research institute developing ethical AI, a research affiliate of the Humanising Machine Intelligence group at the Australian National University, a co-chair of the Australian Computer Society’s Advisory Committee on AI Ethics, and was part of the organising committee for FAccT2022 in Seoul, Korea.

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