Google DeepMind Wants to Save Eyesight with Artificial Intelligence

The Alphabet subsidiary is partnering with a UK hospital to test whether its algorithm can help diagnose diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration sooner. Jamie Hartford Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are serious conditions that can lead to loss of eyesight, and they affect more than 100 million people across the globe. The good news is that early detection can minimize the damage, but the bad news is that diagnosis can often take time. Now, Google DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., hopes to speed up the process by applying artificial intelligence. Optical coherence tomography, a noninvasive imaging technique that can produce 3-D scans of the eye, as well as digital scans of the back of the eye can be used to diagnose both…


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