Dr. Chatbot Will See You Now

Imagine if, at the onset of an unfamiliar ache or pain, you had an in-house doctor who could make a diagnosis.

A new class of artificially intelligent assistants are here to meet the needs of the more than 70 percent of Americans who regularly look online for health information. These chatbots don't have M.D.s, but they're trained by real doctors and are capable of crunching loads of medical data, in an instant, to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. An added benefit: They might also alleviate the financial and resource strain on emergency rooms caused by self-diagnoses gone wrong.

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