Google’s DeepMind to use AI in diagnosing eye disease

A scan of a human eye.(Photo: National Institutes of Health) SAN FRANCISCO — Google plans to use more than one million anonymized eye scans to teach computers how to diagnose ocular disease. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has signed a deal with a British eye hospital to use artificial intelligence to learn from the medical records of 1.6 million patients in London hospitals. The goal is to teach a computer program to recognize the signs of two common types of eye disease, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. That’s something humans are surprisingly imperfect at. Physicians diagnose these ailments by analyzing medical charts and interviewing patients, yet still get it wrong 10 to 20% of the time. Artificial intelligence could enable a machine to scan millions of records and documents, learn from them and then make more accurate diagnoses and…


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