Automated Image Interpretation Computer-Assisted Diagnostics
We have enumerated ways in which the evolving computer and videodisc technologies are being used in pathology education and discussed in some detail the particular use with which we are most familiar, text management. While it is probably premature to speculate as to how these technologies will ultimately affect pathology education, one recent trend--the convergence that seems to be developing between those working on expert consulting systems and those working primarily on educational applications--will probably influence this impact substantially. We believe that we are moving, from opposite directions, toward the same end result, namely, the use of machine intelligence to facilitate and augment human learning. We expect that, as the two groups come closer together, very powerful, interesting, and eminently useful educational tools will emerge. While this is occurring, we think that most would agree that one of the very urgent needs is to develop forums in which the academic and practice communities can interact with researchers and developers. With apologies to Clemenceau, computers are rapidly becoming too important to be left exclusively to computer scientists. Such forums would serve to give these communities a chance to learn what the new technologies have to offer and give developers a better idea of where these technologies can make the greatest contributions.