Google’s Game-Playing AI Is Becoming an Eye Doctor

Created with Sketch. Jul 5, 2016 Google’s AI division, DeepMind, is partnering with an eye hospital in England with the hope that its deep machine learning abilities can find vision loss and other eye problems early on. The Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a leading British eye hospital, made first contact when consultant ophthalmologist Pearse Keane sent DeepMind an email through its website. “I’d been reading about deep learning and the success that technology had had in image recognition,” he wrote, referring to DeepMind’s highly publicized victories in human games such as go. “I had the brainwave that deep learning could be really good at looking at the images of the eye,” he says now. “Optical Coherence Tomography is my area, and we have the largest depository of OCT…

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