There are so many breakthroughs in science happening – the advance of technology is unstoppable, and the impact is being seen in industries across the world. This is especially true for artificial intelligence.
At Xplore Life Science, the life science industry is our focus, as you can probably guess from our name. The life science industry is one of the sectors that is being affected most by the impact of artificial intelligence, and it’s part of our job as recruitment specialists to keep up to date with that to be able to recruit for the newest jobs.
Keep reading for what we think about the main impacts on life science for artificial intelligence.
Up until now, medicine has followed a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, meaning that everyone receives the same medication to a certain degree. The problem with this of course, is that everyone is different.
Artificial intelligence seeks to change this – it has the potential to effortlessly access the health records of patients, and then choose the best medications and treatments. There are implications about data here as well – if AI is constantly monitoring medications, treatments, images, blood tests, and more, it can learn from this, store the data, and continue to act on it in the future. This is made possible by deep learning technology.
Implications for drug development
To achieve the highest levels of safety, drug development must be rigorously tested, which can be tedious, timely, and highly expensive. But with artificial intelligence, this doesn’t have to be the case at all. AI can cross-reference and scan through huge sets of data more quickly than humans, and it can also deal with more complex data than humans can deal with. The upshot is a much more accurate and effective list of drug candidates in less time.
Robots doing surgery
How do you feel about robots performing surgery on you? It’s a concept you might have to get used to, seeing as there are potential plans in place to introduce robotic surgery in the near future. In fact, a robot called the ‘da Vinci’ is already performing microsurgeries in some cases.
Robotic surgery is still in its infancy, but as you can imagine it is gaining a huge amount of scientific and public attention. People are worried about potential surgical errors, but there’s no reason a robot won’t be skilled enough to perform operations with complete consistency and accuracy. It may even end up as being superior to human surgical performance.
It’s a sad truth, but there are many incorrect diagnoses made in medicine today, which can have profound effects on patient outcomes. This is often due to medical records that are incomplete, but sometimes it simply just very difficult for doctors to get it right. Artificial intelligence seeks to address this by using ‘chatbots’ to make diagnoses with more accuracy. This may not strike you as true, but through scanning millions of medical images, AI will be able to learn more quickly and more extensively than humans.
Radiological images are an absolutely key part of modern medicine. Now radiology is getting an injection of AI technology with virtual biopsies – it will enable clinicians to have a better understanding of how diseases progress.
You might not have expected this last item on our list, but scientific publishing could also be revolutionised by AI by scanning potential peer reviewers, detecting plagiarism, and finding cases of data fabrication. This could have very positive impacts on eliminating human bias, speeding up science communication, and improving overall publishing quality.
Worried about jobs in life science?
We’ve only covered some of the most important impacts of AI here, seeing as we could almost go ahead and write a book about them. There really is a lot to consider, and every day it seems like there are new updates.
If you’re worried about how artificial intelligence is going to affect the job market in the life science industry, we’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t be worried. Whatever happens, here at Xplore Life Science, we’ll keep you up to date on all the cutting-edge information, and we can spread that information in our articles for you to read.
The best thing to do if you’re worried, however, is to join the Xplore Life Science talent pool. We take care of our talent, and we’ll make sure to secure you the best jobs in every case. It means that no matter what artificial intelligence throws at our industry, we’ll be there to help you through it and make sure your career isn’t affected.
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