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For The First Time Ever, A Robot Has Passed A Medical Licensing Exam

In China, an AI-powered robot passed the country's medical licensing exam.

In China, a robot powered by artificial intelligence has passed China's national medical licensing examination. This is the first time in history that a robot has passed a national medical exam. These robots will assist human doctors in the practice of medicine.

Xiaoyi, an AI-powered robot in China, for example, has recently taken the national medical licensing examination and passed, making it the first robot to have done so. Not only did the robot pass the exam, it actually got a score of 456 points, which is 96 points above the required marks. This robot, developed by leading Chinese AI company iFlytek Co., Ltd., has been designed to capture and analyze patient information. Now, they’ve proven that Xiaoyi could also have enough medical know-how to be a licensed practitioner.

What is the purpose of the robot? How might it be used?

In the same manner, iFlytek plans to have Xiaoyi assist human doctors in order to improve their efficiency in future treatments. “We will officially launch the robot in March 2018. It is not meant to replace doctors. Instead, it is to promote better people-machine cooperation so as to boost efficiency,” iFlytek chairman Liu Qingfeng told China Daily.