Machines are ‘learning’ to detect cancers in x-rays and analyse the coughs of children

A robot roams the Great Barrier Reef without supervision seeking and destroying crown-of-thorns starfish. A child coughs into a smartphone and instantly his parents know whether this is a serious medical condition or just a cold. A computer learns to recognise a cancer from an x-ray image. Machines are being taught to take the load when it comes to processing huge amounts of data, helping to find answers to problems, big and small, from seeking the origins of the galaxy to predicting human behaviour or finding the genetic causes of cancer. The smart computer, which self-improves with the more information it gets, is rolling out of the pages and screens of science fiction and into the real worlds of science, medicine and commerce. It’s everywhere, even when we don’t realise…


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