Transhumanism (H+) in Oncology, Between Benefit and Risk
Transhumanism, as a philosophical movement with ancient origins in the Renaissance period, promotes respect for reason and science and the application of scientific and technical conquests for the benefit of man, principles which are not fundamentally different from those of humanism. Like it or not, many of us will live to see their practical application: communication, computer science, robotics, AI (artificial intelligence), with multidisciplinary involvement. We looked at what the current practical applications are in an oncology service and where we foresee transhumanism (H+) fitting in the future. Today, access to medical information, epidemiological data, health policy, computerised treatment prescription, robotic surgery, unprecedented development of imaging techniques are concrete evidence of practical applications in oncology.
The volume of information and the varied conditions of its application, with its specific details, the need for personalisation of treatment, the speed of technology’s development and artificial intelligence is beginning to outstrip the possibility of assimilation, even for physicians with a high IQ, with an adequate memory, bent on study, so that oncology will probably be one of the fields that will benefit from the introduction of AI.
The conclusions are pro-progress, but also fatalistic. The usefulness and applicability of the new breakthroughs are useful: what doctor wouldn't want his patients to be cured? It's just that each of us is unique, or this divine uniqueness cannot be taught, especially when it comes to the empathy that the doctor displays towards the patients.
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