« All Episodes: Gigaom AI Minute – October 10

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Improving healthcare is at the top of just about everyone’s AI wish list, for a number of reasons. First, no doctor on the planet can keep up with all the advances in medical science, especially since a good portion of published papers are only read by the peer reviewers and the editors of the publications in which they appear. There are, after all, 7000 scientific papers published every day. That is the sort of situation where AI shines. Second, there is probably enough medical data already collected to cure or treat any number of conditions. But no human has yet to connect the various dots. Expect to see AI breakthroughs in the form of new protocols and treatments. And finally, even with the relatively modern health system in the US, the third highest cause of death is medical error. In fact, fully ten percent of all deaths in the US are from medical error. Sponges get left in patients so frequently that they are now treated with a substance so they show up on x-rays. AI can help medical technicians avoid mistakes. In a few cases, AI is already able to customize medicines to your personal genome, and can lower medical costs dramatically by reducing the number of people involved in medical diagnosis and treatment.