Microsoft’s Bing search engine can tell if you have pancreatic cancer

Search engines are good way to find content, discover websites, check up on news and do your shopping online. But one day soon they may be so much more than this, and may even end up saving your life. According to Microsoft researchers, search engines have the potential of observing and warning you of disease and physical illness, based on your search history. Perhaps the most impressive such example, is when Microsoft’s Bing was able to infer that some of its users had pancreatic cancer, even before they were diagnosed. Dr. Eric Horvitz, one of Microsoft’s researchers leading the project, explained: We asked ourselves ‘If we heard the whispers of people online, would it provide strong evidence or a clue that something’s going on?’[…] I think the mainstream medical literature…


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