Why AMA refers to 'augmented intelligence,' not 'artificial intelligence,' in new policy

The American Medical Association passed its first policy addressing artificial intelligence — which it refers to as "augmented intelligence" — during its annual meeting in Chicago, which ran June 7 to June 13.

The policy, which outlines tasks for the AMA to address regarding the use of AI in healthcare, builds on a proposed a "baseline policy" the association laid out in a May report to its board of trustees. In the May report, the trade association described why it chose to use the term "augmented intelligence," rather than the more traditional "artificial intelligence."

"Artificial intelligence constitutes a host of computational methods that produce systems that perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence," the report reads. "However, in healthcare a more appropriate term is 'augmented intelligence,' reflecting the enhanced capabilities of human clinical decision-making when coupled with these computational methods and systems."

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