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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorful chemical fragments bind to the main protease of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Medicine

Crowdsourcing a Cure

Researchers are drawing up blueprints for drugs to fight Covid-19. Machine learning is identifying those most likely to be effective. Covid Moonshot, an international group of scientists in academia and industry, is crowdsourcing designs for molecules with potential to thwart the coronavirus.
Information and examples of CheXbert, a network that labels chest X-rays
Medicine

Human-Level X-Ray Diagnosis

Like nurses who can’t decipher a doctor’s handwriting, machine learning models can’t decipher medical scans — without labels. Conveniently, natural language models can read medical records to extract labels for X-ray images.
Animated pie chart
Medicine

Triage for Pandemic Patients

Israeli and American hospitals are using an algorithm to flag individuals at high risk for Covid-19 complications.
Information related to machine learning and Covid-19
Medicine

First, Make No Harmful Models

Researchers have rushed out a battery of AI-powered tools to combat the coronavirus, but an assessment of dozens of models is a wake-up call for machine learning engineers.
Eric Topol illustration
Medicine

A Visionary Doctor Prescribes AI

Eric Topol is one of the world’s leading advocates for AI in medicine. Below he shares his insights into the fusion of AI and medicine and advice for machine learning engineers who want to get involved.
Illustration of doctor seeing a patient
Medicine

Diagnosis: The Telltale Heart

The wearable revolution is helping doctors figure out what’s troubling your ticker — thanks to deep learning. The problem: Arrhythmias, a range of conditions in which the heart beats too fast, too slow, or erratically, can cause heart attack or stroke.
Illustration of a patient in a hospital bed
Medicine

Prognosis: Early Warning for Sepsis

An AI-driven alarm system helps rescue patients before infections become fatal. The problem: Machine learning can spot patterns in electronic health data indicating where a patient’s condition is headed that may be too subtle for doctors and nurses to catch.
Illustration of a syring with red liquid inside
Medicine

Treatment: The Elusive Molecule

Will deep learning discover new medicines? Startups — and big-pharma partners — are betting on it. The problem: In theory, there’s a pharmacological cure for just about any ailment. In practice, discovering those therapies takes years and billions of dollars.
Illustration of doctor sheets and a pencil
Medicine

Data: From Patient to Health Record

Doctors are overwhelmed by clerical work. Healthcare-savvy voice assistants are picking up the slack.
Schematic of a typical deep learning workflow
Medicine

(Science) Community Outreach

Are your scientist friends intimidated by machine learning? They might be inspired by a primer from one of the world’s premier tech titans. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Cornell PhD candidate Maithra Raghu school scientists in machine learning in a sprawling overview.

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