We’ve all seen AI in the Hollywood movies: bionic hybrids saved from death to serve the greater good, robot-human machines created to serve a domestic purpose and computers which can save the world, but what about the artificial intelligence which is serving humans in a quieter and yet quite literally lifesaving way?
Here at One Giant Read, we’re interested in the ways in which science fiction can be seen to impact and influence developments in understanding and practice within the science community and it seems that there are fewer aspects of science fiction than artificial intelligence that can be seen to be making huge progress in the society of today.
Artificially intelligent machines are increasingly being used as a solution to medical issues such as some forms of cardiac arrhythmia. A device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a machine capable of performing cardioversion, defibrillation and pacing of the heart. Current devices are programmed to detect abnormal heart rhythms and deliver therapy as well as low and high energy shocks.
The devices have been developed in recent years to enable them to begin to discriminate between various types of heart conditions in order to deliver the appropriate treatment for the patient.
Since ICDs are artificially intelligent, patients who have them must be closely monitored to ensure that they are able to support life but advances in technology of this kind mean that there is new hope for those suffering from heart conditions thanks to the employment of artificially intelligent machines in the medical arena.