Published: 7 February 2018
Author(s): Henri-Corto Stoeklé, Philippe Charlier, Christian Hervé, Jean-François Deleuze, Guillaume Vogt
Section: Letter to the Editor

When faced with new, complex phenomena, humans frantically seek to predict their impact on the individual and society. The more complex the phenomenon, the more difficult it is to understand rapidly, and this situation leads to catastrophic predictions, even more the phenomena concerned are increasingly likely to be products of medicine or science. When faced with novelty or the unknown, humans tend to be afraid, to frighten each other, to ignore reality or to forget their own best interests. Artificial intelligence (AI), particularly in the context of internal medicine, provides a perfect example of this, its uniqueness acting as a “sword of Damocles”.

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