Google is teaming up with Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London, and the game-based artificial intelligence program, Deep Mind for a five-year program that aims to speed up eye-disease analysis scans. Current scanning methods are slow and methodical, and not always reliable when it comes to correctly identifying potential diseases.
The project will use Deep Mind to collect and create a bank of anonymous data on a variety of eye diseases from macular degeneration to diabetic retinopathy. The data banked will one day be part of a system that can rapidly identify and diagnose diseases. While this initial program specifically works with eye-related diseases, the end goal is to have Deep Mind used to identify diseases in a variety of disciplines.