Google, NHS to test AI to spot eye disorders

Google and the U.K.’s government health service have partnered to study whether computers can be trained to spot degenerative eye problems early enough to prevent blindness. Google DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence unit owned by Alphabet Inc., announced a research partnership this week with the National Health Service to gain access to a million anonymous eye scans. DeepMind will use the data to train its computers to identify eye defects. The aim is to give doctors a digital tool that can read an eye-scan test and recognize problems faster. Earlier detection of eye disorders related to diabetes and age-related macular degeneration could enable doctors to prevent loss of vision in many people, according to a statement by DeepMind announcing the project with the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Google…


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