Jun 25, 2018

When will you die? Google's AI can predict that.

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Google's work in the field of AI is truly amazing. They are not limiting themselves only to self-driving cars, face recognition or automated war robots. They are focusing on health sector as well. 

The fact of the matter

Bloomberg reported that

"A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital’s computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay."

But Google's AI predicted hear chance of mortality is 19.9 percent. After some days she passed away, but on the bright side, she got herself registered as an AI breakthrough point. Not only just death of a patient, the AI can also predict forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission.

How it is being done

In a Nature's article, Google's team stated that

"Patient records vary significantly in length and density of data points, so we formulated three deep learning neural network model architectures that take advantage of such data"

They used one RNN with LTSM (long short-term memory), one attention-based TANN, and one neural network with boosted time-based decision stumps and trained them with four tasks. The results of each architecture were combined using ensembling.

After Google's cancer detection Augmented Reality Microscope, AI research on health sector will definitely benefit patients and enhance the ability doctors and health workers which will save more lives.

Drawing lines

But, privacy is the issues that everyone is concerned about. Last year, Google got into trouble after collecting 1.6 million patients information without their consent. A.I. boon or curse is still a question in everyone's mind but, but this kind of approach and development in this subject matter is quite astonishing and encouraging.

"Predicting the future isn't magic, it's artificial intelligence. - Dave Waters"

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