New street theatre show D.O.C. examines the role of machine learning and A.I. in modern emergency medicine: What is medical data and who’s data is it anyway? Who is in charge when we use computers? Is it us, is it the algorithm, or is it the computer? What is machine learning? Do they think and feel, and can they ever really learn what it is like to be human? Most important of all, what happens when you get your wires crossed?
BESSIE’s lights flash when she speaks or gets excited, when she plays music, or in an emergency. She has a snazzy high resolution day bright interactive LED screen in her side window for showing her working, testing patients, and calculating results. She also has a ‘3rd Eye Cam’ under that screen for ‘scanning for patients’ and even ‘facial recognition’.
With Covid 19 testing and results now a part of daily modern life, D.O.C. explores medical testing in a broader sense. Testing is how Doctor’s find out what is happening to a patient, what is wrong and how bad it is. What happens when BESSIE decides the Doctor needs to be tested? What happens when a computer decides a human may not be healthy? This show isn’t really about Covid, but about medicine, and medical professionals and our relationship to it and them. At a time of the greatest public health crisis in a century these questions are more pertinent than ever. D.O.C. is about the growing, sometimes worrying, and often maddening role of technology in all of our lives.