Animation alternating sad and happy emojis
medicine

Online Clues to Mental Illness

Can social media posts reveal early signs of mental illness? A new machine learning model shows promising results. Researchers developed a model that analyzes messages and images posted by Facebook users for indicators of psychological problems.
2 min read
Matthew Mattina
medicine

Matthew Mattina: Life- Saving Models in Your Pocket

Look at the tip of a standard #2 pencil. Now, imagine performing over one trillion multiplication operations in the area of that pencil tip every second. This can be accomplished using today’s 7nm semiconductor technology.
2 min read
Doctor examining a snowman holding a broom
medicine

The Model Will See You Now

Institutional hurdles to AI for medicine began to fall, setting the stage for widespread clinical use of deep learning in medical devices and treatments. DeepMind’s AlphaFold model determined the three-dimensional shape of a protein in just hours.
1 min read
Two reindeers with masks on a snowy night
medicine

Coping With Covid

AI accelerated the search for a coronavirus vaccine, detected Covid-19 cases, and otherwise softened the pandemic’s blow. Machine learning researchers worldwide scrambled to harness the technology against the coronavirus.
2 min read
Covid Moonshot animation
medicine

Crowdsourcing Against Coronavirus

Covid Moonshot, an open-source project to vet potential medicines using machine learning, is closing in on compounds that might help curb Covid-19. Four new antiviral drugs identified by the project are ready to advance to animal trials.
1 min read
Examples of contrastive learning
medicine

Learning From Words and Pictures

It’s expensive to pay doctors to label medical images, and the relative scarcity of high-quality training examples can make it hard for neural networks to learn features that make for accurate diagnoses.
2 min read
Data related to a system that purportedly identified breast cancer
medicine

Pushing for Reproducible Research

Controversy erupted over the need for transparency in research into AI for medicine. Google Health introduced a system that purportedly identified breast cancer more accurately than human radiologists.
2 min read
Google tumor detector
medicine

Standards for Testing Medical AI

New guidelines for reporting on experiments with medical AI aim to ensure that such research is transparent, rigorous, and reliable. Spirit-AI and Consort-AI are complementary protocols designed to improve the quality of clinical trials for AI-based interventions.
1 min read
Examples of CT scans with different contrasts
medicine

More Data for Medical AI

Convolutional neural networks are good at recognizing disease symptoms in medical scans of patients who were injected with iodine-based dye, that makes their organs more visible. But some patients can’t take the dye. Now synthetic scans from a GAN are helping CNNs learn to analyze undyed images.
2 min read
Different images from NSF AI Institute
medicine

U.S. Proposes National AI Centers

The White House called for new funding for AI research including a constellation of research centers. Nonetheless, the U.S. government’s annual spending on the technology still would lag behind that of several other
2 min read
Man with prosthetic leg walking
medicine

AI Steps Up

A prosthetic leg that learns from the user’s motion could help amputees walk more naturally. Researchers from the University of Utah designed a robotic leg that uses machine learning to generate a human-like stride.
2 min read
Data related to Covid-19 symptoms prediction
medicine

Cats Cured of Covid

Neural networks are famously bad at interpreting input that falls outside the training set’s distribution, so it’s not surprising that some models are certain that cat pictures show symptoms of Covid-19. A new approach won’t mistakenly condemn your feline to a quarantine.
2 min read
Map of China pointing specific places in red
medicine

AI Against Covid: Progress Report

A new report details the role of AI in China’s effort to fight the coronavirus. Researchers at Synced, a China-based AI publication, describe how nearly 90 machine learning products have contributed to the country’s pandemic response.
1 min read
Africa map and location sign with letters AI over it
medicine

AI in Regions Rich and Poor

Companies in Africa and the Middle East are building AI capacity in very different ways, a new study found. AI is growing fast in both regions despite shortages of talent and data.
1 min read
Images and graphs related to Dense Steerable Filter CNN (DSF-CNN)
medicine

Seeing Straight at Any Rotation

A cat rotated by any number of degrees is still a cat. It takes a lot of rotated training images to teach convolutional filters this simple fact. A new filter design has this common-sense knowledge built-in.
2 min read

Subscribe to The Batch

Stay updated with weekly AI News and Insights delivered to your inbox