Artificial Intelligence (AI) is bettering the world in numerous ways, and its next task is to revolutionize healthcare. In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the successful use of intelligent systems in many diverse areas. Such as science, healthcare and commerce. The main contributing factor influencing the development of AI in healthcare has been the demand for a more powerful yet flexible and robust technique.
Microsoft has announced a quartet of new initiatives centering on using artificial intelligence in healthcare. The company stated its researchers are effectively at work to “cure” cancer. They are organizing machine learning techniques for tasks like analyzing tumors and planning new medication regimes.
Another projects wants to build detailed models of how cancer develops in different patients bodies. While one particularly aspiring project — which Microsoft is calling its “moonshot” effort — aims to create biological cells that can be programmed like computers.
Creating cells designed/programmed to fight against cancer is apparently an ambitious assignment. How to achieve this target is a question arises in many minds. But Microsoft is not revealing much detail about this particular project. However, personalizing medicine using AI is a much more attainable — and hopefully effective — goal. Cancer is notoriously varied in how it attacks individuals, and the drugs used to target tumors are just as diverse, with hundreds of different combinations available.
Microsoft’s Project Hanover aims to help doctors narrow their search for the right drug regime, sifting through medical papers to suggest the most effective treatments. IBM is also working on a similar project, using 600,000 medical and 1.5 million patient records to discover better cancer treatments.
Another initiative from Microsoft wants to apply AI to radiology, using machine vision tools to analyze CT scans of tumors. Again, Microsoft isn’t the only tech company looking into this, with Google’s DeepMind exploring similar projects in the United Kingdom. DeepMind researchers are presently working with University College Hospital to develop a tool to direct radiation treatments for head and neck cancers. They are also looking into early detection systems for eye diseases.
Artificial Intelligent (AI) powered tools are able to deal with uncertain and incomplete data sets. Neural network classifiers have been successfully used for prediction purposes in many complex situations. Research shows that AI-based data mining tools have also been successfully used in many medical environments.
So, Microsoft may be pouring new resources into AI and healthcare. But it’s certainly not the only player in this game.