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Professor Laurence Lovat invited to lead the AI Task Force

Updated on: 09 Jul 2021   First published on 15 Jun 2021

Laurence LovatI am delighted and honoured to take up the chair of this new and very important task force on behalf of the research committee of the BSG. There is no doubt that our working practices will be impacted significantly by the rapid deployment of artificial intelligence systems into our working life in the next few years. It is important that the BSG helps to lead the conversation on what is needed and the way it is implemented.

There are significant concerns around ensuring that new AI technologies meet standards of accuracy and explainability. The Task Force will help identify what those standards should be. Many clinicians are unfamiliar with how AI works and one of the critical roles of the Task Force is to develop training programmes to ensure that all staff understand the strengths as well as the limits of this technology. Research is central to what we do and the group will help ensure that the correct research questions are addressed in appropriate ways. We encourage our colleagues in hospitals around the UK to support our research efforts. There are many ways to get involved, including by joining our growing group.

Professor Laurence Lovat
Chair, AI Task Force
January 2021

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