An AI predicting your life expectancy
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have built an artificial intelligence capable of predicting the patients's mortality over the next five years by analysing medical images of their organs. Based on a deep learning algorithm, the system predicted with 69% accuracy whether 48 patients were going to die or not in five years, an equivalent score to predictions by clinicians. Algorithms diagnosing diseases already exist, but this one goes a step further by being able to predict the outcome.
While the study is based on a small sample, the researchers consider that the algorithm has learnt to spot diseases in complex imaging, something that requires extensive training for human experts. This project opens the way to early detection of illness by a digital intelligence capable of assisting medical experts in their diagnoses, or even competing with them.
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