“Can AI create a Monalisa?”

“I didn’t realize that AI is already entrenched in Dentistry!” remarked a student midway through our workshop on Machine Learning. The workshop is part of the new Data Science and Analytics course in BDS designed specially for dental students. The open-source web based CVAT (app.cvat.ai) was used to label and annotate the OPG radiographic images. The students labelled and annotated various anatomical structures and found amazement in how we humans can teach the machine to do mundane repetitive tasks to perfection.

“How do I mark the amount of bone loss, put a line or a block?” Maybe we need to annotate the tooth, CEJ, bone and the algorithm which the coders write, can instruct the computer to measure the distance from CEJ to upper crest of bone at different tooth locations.

“ Won’t it be fun if we can write the algorithm and make the machine detect or measure what we want!” Coding was not part of the DSA course. What do you think, should coding be a part of the course for dental students?

“It will be nice to see the full spectrum towards machine learning😊” Yes, there is a follow up workshop to be conducted by Huang Yu-Ping of Taiwan. He will facilitate the Cephalometric analysis. Will be fun, lah.

One discussion which fascinated us – how do humans and machines learn? Is it same or different? We found it was quite apart. Human learning was very complex and least predictable. ML was simple, repetitive, and straight forward. “Will AI take our jobs?” Even the first IR had taken a lot of human jobs.

The workshop was facilitated by few student champions and me who guided the students in groups on labelling and annotating, highlighting the importance of teaching the computer what we want it to do.

Few take-home messages from the workshop

  1. Group learning is engaging as peer support and learning happens effortlessly. (Do machines do peer learning?
  2. The more alien the topic, the less is engaging
  3. Thinking out of box and creativity thinking needs practice and reinforcement.
  4. Boldness to make mistakes facilitates learning.

Can AI create a Monalisa?! We decided that it was No.

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