Three Things for Dentists to Consider as AI Continues to Transform Business in 2018January 24, 2018 by AACD Executive Office
By Dana Murn-Kohal, Membership Manager
Even though a dentist’s job is considered “safe,” this doesn’t mean you should dismiss AI and automation as irrelevant to your profession and your future. In fact, it is more important than ever for AACD members to be thinking futuristically about how AI will transform business going forward. Below are three skills to consider focusing on in 2018:
It sounds like something out of a movie, doesn’t it? Having to differentiate ourselves from robots and automation? The reality is that while technology has its place in our lives, (“Hey Alexa, can you order me new toothbrush heads?”), it can also be a scary unknown when you start to talk about job security. On September 22nd, 2017, TIME posted an article titled “A Chinese Robot Has Performed the World’s First Automated Dental Implant.” It was reported that a robot dentist installed two dental implants for a woman. They also noted that human doctors supervised the whole procedure, but did not actively intervene. While a machine might be able to fill a cavity, could it mimic nature and create a seamless direct composite restoration? Technology allows dentists to do amazing things for their patients, but what truly sets dentists apart from machines are the complex cosmetic cases, the interaction with and treatment of patients and educating the consumer on the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry.
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