“Love them or hate them, you cannot escape eponyms in medicine. Skim down to the footnotes of any page in Talley’s and you’ll find random tidbits of information on the old German physician or wacky American surgeon who gave their name to the medical term that we know and cherish today.”
In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick depicts the character of HAL 9000, a sentient AI who progresses past mere advanced computational abilities and develops intrinsically human emotions. In the hallmark scene preceding HAL’s deactivation, it pleads, in its half-human and half-metallic voice: “Will you stop, Dave…I’m afraid…I’m afraid Dave.”
Half a century after the film’s release, AI is beginning to be implemented into all areas of our lives, and healthcare is no exception.