HEALTH’S GOLDEN TOOL – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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HEALTH’S GOLDEN TOOL – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI has started delivering money & glory. From supply chain magic to AlphaGo / AlphaZero to predicting consumer behavior, AI makes the rubber meet the road, as never before. Effortless, seamless yet bountiful! Ocean model and AI have made deep inroads into elections. AI is turning out to be the real game changer. From IBM Watson to the predictions of Yuval Noah Harari, the final saviour of human health may just be AI. The good news is that Artificial Intelligence may predict Alzheimer’s five years in advance. Far reaching results for mankind.

With everything becoming data, it’s the Data Scientist who holds the key to our future. “Scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately predict whether a person’s cognitive decline will lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years.” One of the scientists is of Indian origin. Bringing data from fields having no functional interface so far; into unsupervised learning through an algorithm, delivers way beyond our current capabilities, is the enigma of AI.

Canada has been for long been in the forefront of AI research. The algorithm designed for Alzheimer’s predictions “learns signatures from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), genetics, and clinical data.” This extraordinary feat has been achieved by the researchers at the University of Toronto. At the moment we have very limited way of treating Alzheimer’s. The best results is in the prevention itself. This ‘doctor assistant” could help potential patients get on to the right pathway of treatment. An AI assistant would slowly become a part of of medical ecosystem.

Forewarning of this nature can help make lifestyle changes which can delay and may also prevent the onset of this disease. Testing and using bigger data sets would lead to further accuracy in predictions. Today, 50million people are suffering from dementia. As such there is no treatment for the disease. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s, contributing to 60-70% of the cases.

FURTHER RESEARCH CAN TRANSFORM THIS SEMINAL AI RESEARCH TO A STANDARD MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS.

Sanjay Sahay

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