Former Google China president talks AI, radiology in new interview

Kai-Fu Lee, the CEO of a Chinese venture capital firm and former president of Google China, discussed AI and its impact on various sectors of the economy in a new interview with Fox Business.

Explaining that AI’s influence will be felt in “waves,” Lee noted any job that has “an objective function” and is quantitative in nature will eventually be displaced by this growing technology. When the subject of healthcare came up, he spoke about the specialty many associate the most with AI: radiology.

“Radiology—at least within the job of the radiologist that of looking at an MRI, CT, X-ray, and writing down what is being observed whether it’s a tumor, size and so on—those will be better done by machines probably over the next 10 to 15 years,” he said in the interview. “That doesn’t mean that radiologists will be out of work. They can move on to research, they can do more [of] the patient interaction. But a decent part of the job will be gone.”

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