Machine Learning Takes Aim at Blindness Prevention

Home News Machine Learning Takes Aim at Blindness Prevention Michael Feldman, July 5, 2016, 7:45 p.m. For the first time, Google’s DeepMind machine learning technology is being used in a medical research application, in this case, for the detection of two of the most common eye diseases: diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If the software is as successful in this endeavor as it was with AlphaGo, the DeepMind-powered application that vanquished Go champions Fan Hui and Lee Sedol, ophthalmology may never be the same. The research project revolves around passing digital eye scans through DeepMind’s training algorithms to build a model that can detect the presence of these disorders in the early stages. The eye scan data is courtesy of London’s Moorfield Eye Hospital, an institution that is funded by…

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