Xiaoyi – a Chinese AI-powered robot – has taken the country’s medical licensing examinations and passed.
Xiaoyi is another example of how China is using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.
This milestone marks the first time a robot has passed any medical licensing examination. According to local media reports, the machine scored 456 points on the test; 96 above the required pass mark.
Xiaoyi was developed by iFlytek Co – a Chinese AI company – and is designed to record and analyse patient information. The company wanted to prove that Xiaoyi is smart enough to act as a licensed practitioner.
It is worth noting that while the machine was able to pass the test there are a number of very obvious problems with it acting as a doctor including how it would communicate, examine and physically interact with patients.
Currently, this type of medical AI technology is best suited to act as an analysis tool for human doctors.
China is already a leader on the worldwide AI stage and has surpassed the United States in AI research. The country wants to become a frontrunner in AI development by 2030.