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Autonomous machines: industry grapples with Boeing lessons

Robert Wright in London

Just as aircraft autopilots have improved overall airline safety by assuming control of tasks where human pilots can make errors, the pumps have been designed to conduct some of the arduous process of checking on dosage levels, patient identity and medical records that are required before any drug is administered. The hope is that they can process this information with fewer mistakes than humans. Mark Sujan, an associate professor at the UK’s University of Warwick who has been involved in devising the system, says that the use of artificial intelligence may eventually mean that the pumps learn how to improve the administration of the drugs based on each patient’s condition.