What if artificial intelligence could accurately diagnose you—and save you a trip to the doctor’s office?
Joelle Renstrom teaches writing with a focus on sci-fi, robots, and space exploration at Boston University. She maintains an award-winning blog, Could This Happen, about the relationship between science and science fiction. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, was published in August 2015.
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