In this week’s “Our Eye on AI”; Google wants to use AI to help prevent blindness, AI is being used to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and researches claim the fifth amendment exposes a flaw in the Turing Test.

  • Google announced on Tuesday a collaboration between subsidiary Deep Mind and the NHS to see whether its artificial intelligence tech can help detect and prevent eye diseases and blindness.  Google will use DeepMind to analyse over 1m anonymous eye scans collected by the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London over the years with the goal of creating a faster, more efficient method for analysing the data and coming to an earlier diagnosis.  Currently limited to one hospital in the UK, the project has far-reaching global health implications. Link and Link.
  • A study published online in the “Radiology” journal speaks of AI being used to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers in The Netherlands have applied machine learning methods to a special type of MRI called arterial spin labeling (ASL) imaging.  ASL MRI is used to create perfusion maps which can be analysed by AI to recognise patterns in these maps to distinguish amongst patients and predict the stage of Alzheimer’s disease in new (unseen) cases. Link.
  • “Does the Fifth Amendment “expose a serious flaw” in the Turing Test?” writes Emily Reynolds for Wired.  Researchers from Coventry University claim that if a machine were to take the Fifth Amendment and remain silent throughout Turing Test (used as a benchmark for AI), it could potentially pass the test and thus be regarded as a thinking entity, even if it had no capacity for intelligent thought at all.  Link.

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