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The advance of artificial intelligence in medicine and law raises questions about how these fields will evolve in the coming years and how the treatment of patients and clients will change as a result. In this article for Wired, Mark Walport, the United Kingdom chief scientific officer, speculates on the issues and solutions that will emerge as new technologies disrupt these professions. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking article to doctors, lawyers and anyone who might need their services.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How artificial intelligence will impact on the traditional professions of medicine and law, and
  • What some of the ethical issues are around systems used to enhance or replace human decision making.

About the Author

Mark Walport is the chief scientific adviser to the UK government and a contributing writer to Wired UK, focusing on topics that intersect science and politics.



Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning affect many consumer services, such as Amazon’s and Netflix’s algorithm-generated recommendations. Soon, the new industrial revolution will affect previously stable professions, including law and medicine. These fields have escaped disruption due to barriers to entry, such as the years of study required to practice and achieve eventual specialization. The membership of regulatory bodies for doctors and lawyers mostly comprises people from similar educational and professional backgrounds, which can lead to limited accountability and a reluctance to change.

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