[ExI] AI and its implications for socialism

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 12:47:18 UTC 2020

It's not just truck drivers and other low paid low skill workers that will
have to face unemployment in the immediate future,  physicians will too.
Yesterday in the journal Nature Google announced that they had a new
computer program for reading X-ray mammograms. Google's program was better
than human radiologists at finding breast cancer,  it had 9.4% fewer false
positives and 5.7% fewer false negatives, and this is just an early version
of the program. Until very recently image recognition was one of the few
areas where humans could still beat machines but no more, the next step is
manual dexterity and surgeons should be looking over their shoulders. And
after that its nurses and Orderlies.

It's stuff like this that made me think that I need to reevaluate my
previous very negative opinion of socialism because I think it would be
rather nice if human society didn't completely disintegrate and I sorta
like the fact that my head is connected to my shoulders. One thing I know
for sure, millions of unemployed starving people will not go gentle into
that good night, they will rage against the dying of the light, and I don't
want to be there when they do.

Evaluation of an AI system for breast cancer screening

John K Clark
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