Will Artificial Intelligence Defeat Cancer?

Cancer, the single most feared diagnosis imaginable, is being tackled by some of the biggest companies in the world using the most formidable weapon: à la artificial intelligence. In fact, the milestones we have hit in past two years in diagnosing rare forms of cancer using clinical data, has stumped the scientific community. At the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science, IBM’s Watson matched a patients’ symptoms against 20 million clinical oncology studied. With Watson’s machine learning capabilities and the readily available oncological data, scientists and clinicians could diagnose cancer in just about ten minutes. In the western world, Google and Amazon are helping scientists analyze genetic data. Both, Google Genomics and Amazon Web Services, are offering analytical functions of the cloud to help scientists make sense of genomics data.…


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