How to Prepare Prospective Psychiatrists in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

  • Jung Won KimEmail author
  • Kathryn L. Jones
  • Eugene D’Angelo
Feature: Perspective

A few years ago, AlphaGo—an artificial intelligence developed by Google’s DeepMind to play the ancient Chinese board-game Go—beat a human Korean Go Champion who was considered one of the best players of the time. This became an instant sensation around the globe as Go, played with black and white stones on a grid and heavily reliant on human instinct, was assumed to be too complex for an artificial intelligence to learn and to eventually outperform human minds [1]. The emergence of such an advanced technology as AlphaGo and its potential threat to human-driven endeavors seem to have sprung fully formed from the worst fears of the general public, and even of more rarified individuals, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk [2, 3]. Clinicians are no exception to such fears of potential invasion and/or takeover of their specialized practice by artificial intelligence or other rapidly emerging technological advances [4]. There has been ongoing talk between this anxiety and the hope for the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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