Tech: Thought for the day

Clinical Practice
Bill Harvey considers the growing influence of AI in eye care and recommends two books

Though we may not realise the full extent of its influence, artificial intelligence (AI) has been playing a significant role in all of our lives for many years. While we may not yet be guided by the dulcet tones of a HAL computer voice à la 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is now estimated that over half of UK homes have some form of virtual assistant, such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant (figure 1). These innovations are still considered a novelty by many, but we have all relied on some form of artificial intelligence in many household appliances and in our cars for years; controlling temperatures, monitoring energy usage, helping to search the internet, and recommending partners.

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