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Triage by Transistors

Triage by Transistors

Doctors are sworn to "first, do no harm." Robots in Isaac Asimov's science fiction literature are sworn to do the same. Now, thanks to computer scientist Eric Horvitz's research, the two are more closely related than ever. In this demonstration of natural language interfaces, Horvitz presents the Medical Bayesian Kiosk, a system designed to perform triage in understaffed hospitals. Horvitz's computer interacts with patients on a more human level, complete with a facial avatar that reacts to the location and age of the person it's speaking with.

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Original Program Date: June 4, 2011

The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Our mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for...


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