I am a psychiatrist. I love people. I believe in happiness and opportunity as basic human needs. As a teenager, I thought that if we could just live in a true democracy, we could have a peaceful world, where everyone could have equal opportunities to reach their potential. I was truly a product of the era of that great song “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”.
However, having no singing talent, to play my modest part in creating happiness and equality, I became an NHS doctor! This blog is written through the lens of my experiences with patients and communities.
Artificial Intelligence is opening up new frontiers, whether in health care, business or (only slightly alarmingly) warfare, promising a new generation of ethical conundrums. The quandaries caused by driverless cars may require grappling with sooner than most. “It is not the ferocity of automobiles that is to be feared, but the ferocity of those who drive them. Until humans intervene, they are usually harmless.” (Georgia Appeals Court, 1909)