Google DeepMind together with UK NHS to fight blindness
Google's DeepMind is embarking on a new research project to help doctors spot the early signs of sight-threatening eye diseases. The company's British-based artificial intelligence division will use machine learning to analyze more than one million anonymous eye scans, creating algorithms that can detect early warning signs that humans might miss. The project is DeepMind's second collaboration with the UK's National Health Service (UK NHS), but the first to use artificial intelligence.
Researchers explain that age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are the two most common causes of blindness in developed nations, and DeepMind’s AI will analyze a million anonymized eye scans to learn the telltale signs of these diseases.
More importantly, DeepMind and inherently Google, will publish all of its results, practices and methodology in peer-reviewed journals.
DeepMind is a start-up that Google purchased back in 2014.