AI doctor - Xiao Yi 小易

A robot has just passed the written part of China’s national medical licensing examination, making it the first machine to achieve such a feat.

The robot – called Xiao Yi – scored 456 points in the test which is seen as the first step to becoming a doctor. The score was well above the pass mark of 360.

The device was developed by Chinese tech company iFlytek and Tsinghua University.

The company says Xiao Yi can automatically capture and analyse patient information and make an initial diagnosis.

According to iFlytek, the robot will not replace human doctors but instead be used to help improve efficiency.

AI doctors are a step closer to reality after robot passes medical exam