In the new Top Gun film, Tom Cruise — as Navy fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell — is training a new set of young ace pilots for a top-secret mission. He tells them “don’t think, just do” — because reflexes and reaction time are more important than thinking about consequences when you’re flying at high speeds. This is not the sort of advice we will be expecting from the new White House National Artificial Intelligence Office. Indeed, we noticed that there is a 72-page report that speaks to the careful planning and mitigation of any consequences to our increased use of and exposure to innovative “smart” technology. Even though the new AI office doesn’t seem to have health care as part of its scope of work, many stakeholders (e.g., AdvaMed, the AMA, the Connected Health Initiative, the Consumer Technology Association, the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, the Healthcare Leadership Council, and HIMSS), are asking that any new rules and ethics governing artificial intelligence be applied to health care applications too. But — speaking of teaching young recruits — do we have the technical workforce available to help the government with these efforts? Maybe the next Tom Cruise movie — now that he’s of a certain age and physical stunts won’t be as possible — will cast him as the role of the artificial intelligence professor. Or maybe it is a Matthew McConaughey role — because a University of Texas at Austin professor is actually advising the new AI office. Either way, we hope the new movie involves the critical role of beach volleyball.
May 26, 2022 | 3 min read
May 26, 2022
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