Google’s DeepMind could be used to treat blindness

Tuesday 5 July 2016 Credit Getty Images Google’s DeepMind is teaming up with NHS-funded Moorfields Eye Hospital to research whether machine learning can help the fight against blindness. ADVERTISEMENT The NHS said AI could play a “big role in tackling avoidable sight loss” and the partnership is intended to explore “how cutting edge technologies can help medical research into eye diseases”. This includes macular degeneration, which generally affects the elderly, as well as diabetes-related sight loss. Machine learning processes will be applied to around a million eye scans to help search for early symptoms of sight loss. The number of people with sight loss is set to double by 2050, with around two million people in the UK currently living with sight loss – around one in 30. While 360,000…


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