Could AI halt blindness? DeepMind and this London hospital are finding out

DeepMind, the pioneering British artificial intelligence company owned by Google, is researching how the technology may help save people’s sight in a new partnership with leading London eye hospital Moorfields. The firm’s machine learning technology, which has already demonstrated its ability to beat humans at the chess-like game Go, will be used to analyse two conditions – diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – which affect more than half a million people in the UK alone and are two of the biggest causes of blindness. This will be done by using computers to read complex eye scans, a task currently performed by doctors, to see if the process can be made more efficient and accurate to detect conditions earlier and prevent sight deterioration. Read more: Man Vs machine: AI…


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