Pet Owner Credits ChatGPT With Saving His Dog’s Life After Vet Was Stumped

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One of the biggest (online) indicators of a person’s generation is how comfortably and freely they use search engines. Specifically, the language they use when typing into a search engine is often an indicator of when they adapted that new technology.

Younger generations who grew up using modern search engine technology and know nothing else have distinctly different ways of interacting with search engines than older generations who used the earliest search engines that weren’t nearly as sophisticated as modern ones.

How someone interfaces with search engines isn’t always an indicator of age/generation, but it often is. And this is a pattern that is likely to continue with the use of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT.

Case in point, a person just claims to have used ChatGPT to save their dog’s life after their veterinarian was stumped.

This is something many people, myself included, who haven’t had much hands-on experience with Artificial Intelligence, would never think to do. But it’s a sign that the next wave of AI users will be interfacing in completely new ways with the technology, ways that late adopters might never come about naturally.

@PeakCooper shared his story on Twitter. He claims that ChatGPT saved his dog’s life after his veterinarian made a diagnosis but his dog’s condition worsened.

Here he mentions that it’s unclear why the vet couldn’t make the correct diagnosis. But he firmly believes ChatGPT saved his dog’s life by making a quick diagnosis.

Without throwing anyone under the best, the most likely reason the vet missed what ChatGPT could quickly see is a combination of recency bias and familiarity. Vets (and doctors) first and foremost treat the symptoms.

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, or IMHA, which ChatGPT diagnosed this dog as having, only occurs in roughly 1-in-500 dogs. It is amongst the most common autoimmune diseases in dogs. But it’s clear there was some impediment to reaching the proper diagnosis on the vet’s side and ChatGPT filled that life-saving gap.

Pet owners will go to unimaginable lengths to help their furry companions when they need us. It is interesting to think how ChatGPT might be able to assist in life-saving diagnoses in the future, such as this one.

At the same time, there will be a wave of people who put all of their faith in the new technology. Those people will be pleading with doctors and professionals in other fields saying ‘I was told this’ instead of presenting it to the doctor/expert in an appropriate manner as he did above.

I’m not here to tell anyone how to run their lives, but a future where patients are demanding doctors follow their orders of artificial intelligence bots might not be the friendliest and warmest future for patients if they value bedside manners from their medical professionals.