On Monday, Google announced a new microscope that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to identify cancer cells, enabling a speedy diagnosis that could save lives. To achieve this feat, Google hired a team of pathologists to train a computer, enabling the computer to learn what to look for to diagnose cancer early.
And so it begins.
For many years I have been telling (warning) people that digital diagnosis using AI is coming. The microscope in the linked article is just the beginning. If you read the article it outlines all the reasons that digital diagnosis is superior to our current human doctor based system.
As usual all the money and glamour is in medicine. However these devices will soon infiltrate dentistry. In the future the dentist (or more likely a dental para professional) will take diagnostic images, both photo and x-ray and the big AI in the sky will do the diagnosis.
Eventually the tooth will be prepared by a servo driven laser and the restoration will be 3D designed and printed.
What will the dentist do? I am not sure, however I am sure that whatever dentistry becomes, the future dentist will need to master technology.