Feb 13, 2023Liked by Bryan Vartabedian

Agree a 1000%.

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I’m reminded of early “Greek oracle” clinical decision support like Shortliffe’s MYCIN expert system - if you input hundreds of data points, the machine spits out a preferred antibiotic. The rules were all so easy to understand in isolation but they were combined and weighted to an extent that the machine seemed wise and powerful (and tended to be slightly more guideline-adherent than clinicians).

Those systems didn’t catch on because data entry was cumbersome, but everyone trusted the underlying rules engine.

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Your timing is perfect, Bryan. These questions are on my mound but more of an amorphous jumble. I would LOVE to hear your take. What you wrote today already gives me a foothold for where to start putting all “this” and keep up. I want to be able to work as long as I choose to, and I feel it's essential to keep a handle on this to be able to use (and not use) the ensuing technology, etc. You have my attention!

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I regret not spending enough time learning about the world wide web in its early days. Working on my graduate thesis in an unrelated field left me with little time to focus on anything else. I am trying not to repeat the same mistake with these new technologies driven by AI/ML.

Having said that, I personally think there is nothing artificial about AI. There are many things we cannot explain about human thoughts and creativity. Some could say that we too are a "black box" and to a young child growing up, I suspect a well-functioning adult may seem like a magical being capable of doing great things as well as something to be afraid of.

I am not much concerned about AI, rather, humans abusing AI worries me. History is bound to repeat itself once again.

Oh I am a huge fan of Yuval Harari so now I am off to reading his latest essay!

Thanks for sharing.

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