Google’s new NHS deal is start of machine learning marketplace

Collecting valuable data David Bishop By Hal Hodson DeepMind, Google’s London-based artificial intelligence company, has started training neural networks to recognise the signs of eye disease in medical images. A partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London has given the company access to about a million anonymised retinal scans, which DeepMind will feed into its artificial intelligence software. The project will target two of the most common eye diseases – age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. More than 100 million people around the world have these conditions. The information that Moorfields is providing includes scans of the back of people’s eyes, as well as more detailed scans known as optical coherence tomography (OCT). The idea is that the images will let DeepMind’s neural networks learn to recognise subtle signs…


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