It is probably obvious to all that the twentieth century was the epoch of technological breakthrough thanks to MASS technology. Mass production, mass transport, the media, at the end of the century - computerization and mobile communications.
All this is obvious mass technology that
a) relatively easy to scale
b) change the infrastructure and lifestyle (see how mass cars have changed cities, or compare the world before the invention of mobile phones and the current world)
Perhaps one of the few things that have not yet become widespread is medicine, or more generally, ensuring human health. It is clear that the need for light and cheap mass medicine is no less strong than for providing a person with food and clothing, but so far medicine is still an extremely individual thing.
And this despite attempts to unify health monitoring and escape from the ligament as much as possible - one patient-one doctor. Here and mass vaccinations, and management of case histories, facilitating the transition from one doctor to another, and prevention.
But all the same - against the background of the rest of mass technology medicine still - looks like a craft workshop against the background of a modern FAB
. The reason is clear - all people are different, dissimilar, a good doctor should have not only experience, but also intuition (well, I think everyone watched Hausa).
Where to get a hundred million good diagnostic doctors?
Nowhere to take so many houses. But this is one of the most obvious applications of AI, albeit a limited one. Work in this direction is already underway, something is even being sold, although it still seems a long way from a breakthrough.
Further, cheap and mass practitioners and mass treatment technologies are needed. Here, narrow-functional robotic surgeons should have their say, working either at the direction of the AI, or using remote control by the surgeon-operator. And this, again, is not news
, although it is still very expensive pleasure.
Probably the end of this breakthrough will be the production of low-cost home
robots, doctors who can open an abscess, treat a wound, do a blood test for sugar, give a prescription for an antibiotic, monitor dietary restrictions and so on. It is clear that more serious procedures will still have to be performed in the clinic, simply for reasons of sterility and the cost of a universal doctor
. Although, probably, it will be possible to download pirated firmware and change it if you want to risk saving money. In general, by the way, the consequences of such a mass technology will be mass, forgive the pun, both good and bad.
Of course, this sounds fantastic, but a story about mobile phones would also sound in 98% of the population, if you tell it 30 years ago.