Dr. Joel Palathinkal is an entrepreneur and author. His research interests are in virtual surgery, simulated robotic surgery, and clinical skills education. His versatility and experience in multiple areas of interest has allowed him to serve in several unique capacities and as an advisor to large companies and start-ups.
In addition, Dr. Palathinkal also has a passion for mentoring young professionals in leadership; and serves as a graduate faculty scholar at a major university. He has authored a book on emerging technologies in healthcare and is currently publishing books and educational lectures on professional development and leadership.
What makes a virtual human credible and acceptable? Do they provide companionship that is similar to that of a person? More so, will it ever replace that of a person? It is not the art of simply creating a digital mockup of a human, but the art of creating an intelligent conversational model that is woven into a virtual human to deliver a personality and thought process; that truly raises the prev