Exploring the “ridiculously exciting” opportunities for artificial intelligence

Late last week my Twitter and Instagram were blowing up with photos of President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and entrepreneur/”Shark Tank” star Desmond John on the Stanford campus. Those three were among the 1,500 or so people who came to the university for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and there was clearly a lot of excitement. The global summit offered participants a wide range of workshops, panels, exhibitions and networking sessions, with one of the highlights being an in-depth panel discussion on the future — and societal benefits — of artificial intelligence. “In my own area of health and biomedicine, the opportunities [for AI] are ridiculously exciting,” panel co-chair Russ Altman, MD, PhD, said during his opening remarks Thursday evening. He noted that the amount of biomedical data that electronic health…


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