Second-opinion software: Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz on how AI can save patients’ lives

An AI-enabled system called Project Emerge helps health-care providers head off medical errors. (Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine via YouTube) Someday soon, your physician may be second-guessed by an artificial intelligence program – and you’ll probably be healthier for it, according to Microsoft Research’s Eric Horvitz.Horvitz, a research fellow and managing director of Microsoft Research’s lab in Redmond, Wash., laid out the statistics to support second-opinion software during today’s White House workshop on how AI can bring social benefits. The workshop in Washington, D.C., was the second in a series of four sessions aimed at helping the Office of Science and Technology Policy formulate future initiatives on artificial intelligence. Microsoft Research’s Eric Horvitz. (Credit: Scott Eklund / Red Box Pictures) Microsoft Research is pursuing projects in more than 60 areas of computer science,…


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