One piece of technology that captivated the audience came from MIT professor and recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, Dr. Dina Katabi. Katabi's work with A.I. involves sensors that monitor patients using electromagnetic and physiological waves. The technology is currently being marketed towards home use in order to help older and disabled people who live alone in the case of a medical emergency.
Katabi's technology 'Emerald" uses signals much like Wifi to track the heart rate, breathing rate, and motion of people nearby. This tool can be significant for people who suffer from Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and even alzheimer's and depression. Check out the video below from Emerald explaining how the technology works.
Katabi says that much of the costs of healthcare today are for devices that help people with chronic diseases. She believes the use of A.I. can not only help people at home, but can actually end up lowering the costs of chronic healthcare.
However, some attendees were hesitant to jump aboard the A.I. train.
Arvydas Mackevicius, said he came to the panel because his family is heavily involved in the medical community, and wanted to see just how A.I. would impact the field.
Mackevicius said while the technology "seemed like magic", he wouldn't trust A.I. exclusively for his medical care. But, he is excited to see how the A.I. enhances the work of human professionals.
"Focusing on the most cost effective ways and seeing what can give you the best results seems like it opens a lot of dramatic possibilities"