How AI can spot Alzheimer’s disease five years before diagnosis

Despite all the hype, artificial intelligence (AI) is not ready to replace doctors or automate brain surgery. But it can analyse immense amounts of data to help us better study, diagnose, treat and even prevent disease. Our hope is that it could reverse two decades of failed experimental therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

Some of the most promising AI applications in medicine are in machine learning, a type of intelligence that uses algorithms to learn from patterns in data. Similar to how Siri learns your voice and Facebook can predict what videos you’ll like, learning algorithms can scan the retinas of diabetics and predict sight loss or sequence the genomes of entire towns to flag disease-causing genetic mutations.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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