Artificial Intelligence is changing the world. It’s changing it in front of our eyes and it’s taking control of more and more of our everyday tasks.
Just look at the cloud solutions, where Virtual Assistants can schedule a meeting for you, remind you about important tasks or warn you that you might hit the high traffic and be late for your meeting.
It does much more than that of course, but thanks to a new study revealed by researchers from UC, San Francisco, it can improve our lives on the whole new level.
It can prevent us from suffering from the terrible sickness – an Alzheimer’s.
To give you the context, this is how diagnosing this sickness looks like today:
“One of the difficulties with Alzheimer’s disease is that by the time all the clinical symptoms manifest and we can make a definitive diagnosis, too many neurons have died, making it essentially irreversible,” said Jae Ho Sohn, a resident in the school’s Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and the study’s lead researcher, in a statement.“
– Source: www.fastcompany.com
So, long story short: every time we diagnose an Alzheimer’s, it is too late for fighting it.
Yet, now things are going to change… completely! Because now, the AI will take over the diagnosis process and, as it turns out, it can predict the Alzheimer’s over 6 years before actual, clinical diagnosis!
How is that possible?
Let me quote the explanation for you:
“For the study, published in Radiology, Sohn and his team fed a common type of brain scans to a machine-learning algorithm, and it learned to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease about six years before a clinical diagnosis could be made. The AI’s diagnostic skills could give doctors a much-needed headstart on treating the degenerative disease.”
– Source: www.fastcompany.com
In other words: by “looking” at the brain scans, the machine learned how to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s!
Some people might tell you AI is scary and it can become dangerous… But what about that? What if the AI can actually cure millions of people and prevent them (and their families) from this monstrous disease? Is it still that dangerous?
I don’t think so!
Still, it is yet too early to use AI as a proper clinical method of diagnosis but it can be used as a tool to help doctors take the early steps in preventing this disease. The algorithm needs time and more tests are required but everything goes in the right direction and in a very close future, it might be the number one method of early detecting the Alzheimer’s disease.
So, the answer to the question in the title is: YES, it can!
And let’s hope the algorithm will soon be ready for clinical use and approved by the medical authorities!
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