Google DeepMind will use machine learning to spot eye diseases early

(DeepMind) Tweet Share Google’s DeepMind is embarking on a new research project to help doctors spot the early signs of sight-threatening eye diseases. The company’s British-based artificial intelligence division will use machine learning to analyze more than one million anonymous eye scans, creating algorithms that can detect early warning signs that humans might miss. The project is DeepMind’s second collaboration with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), but the first to use artificial intelligence. DeepMind is hoping to spot two eye conditions in particular: wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the latter being the fastest growing cause of blindness around the wold. “There’s so much at stake, particularly with diabetic retinopathy,” DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman told The Guardian. “If you have diabetes you’re 25 times more likely to go blind. If we…


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