Artificial Intelligence Saves a Woman’s Life

As we fear robots and other creations endowed with artificial intelligence taking over our lives, there is a distinct (and more likely) possibility that our tech will actually be helping us. A new computer program just saved a Japanese woman by correctly identifying her disease when other methods failed. This AI-imbued software called Watson was put to work by researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science, who used the program to analyze a great volume of medical data in order to detect the patient’s leukemia. The tech, developed by IBM and other partners, found that the 60-year-old woman had a rare type of leukemia by comparing her genetic data with 20 million clinical oncology studies. She was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and treated with anti-cancer…


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