Google to unleash DeepMind AI on eye diseases

Google has its eye on solving the world’s medical problems. Chris Jackson, Getty Images Fresh off a stunning victory in a hard-to-master board game, Google’s DeepMind AI project is bringing its brains to one of the most common medical procedures of all time: the humble eye scan.Using tech created by DeepMind, a British startup acquired by Google back in 2014, Google is partnering with the UK’s state-run National Health Service. The mission: to create a system whereby sight-threatening conditions can be diagnosed from just a single scan of the eye, according to an announcement by the company on Tuesday.In partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, DeepMind will delve deep into identifying the signs of two specific diseases: diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Together, these diseases affect more than…


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