Google Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Help Prevent Blindness

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Google is teaming up with the U.K.’s government health care system to see whether its artificial intelligence tech can help detect and prevent eye diseases and blindness. The tech giant announced the collaboration between subsidiary DeepMind (acquired in 2014) and the National Health Service (NHS) in a blog post on Tuesday.

DeepMind uses various algorithms to help machines learn from the data they analyze. Google will use DeepMind to pore over 1 million anonymous eye scans collected by the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust over the years with the goal of creating a faster, more efficient method for analyzing the data and coming to an earlier diagnosis.

This could be critical for preventing eye diseases for diabetes or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients from progressing to the point of no return.

Source: Fortune (link opens in a new window)

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