May 6, 2017

Jules Verne was considered a madman of his time and a genius of ours. But what if between madness and genius lay a thin thread of seeing hundreds and thousands of steps forward?

   Today we call the discoveries of doctors and scientists genius. But what if their scientific research and ingenious inventions are not the highest order, but in reality wasted time. While decades pass for the development of drugs for cancer, the fight against AIDS, innovations in the field of genetic engineering, this could all happen tens, and possibly hundreds, thousands of times faster. Without human fatigue, errors, unnoticed details, needs.

   Offensive artificial intelligence proves that the films of the 90s about the roboticization of most areas of human activity are not a myth. The ability to self-study, analyze and every year mastering more and more information in a short time makes AI a competitor not only to static work, but also to the geniuses of our time.

   We can take medicine as an example. The mistakes of doctors, the inability to make an accurate diagnosis, decades of developing new drugs, methods of diagnosis and treatment, affect the annual millions of deaths around the world.

   It is enough to teach AI, set a clearly defined task, and we will receive a number of achievements, which are so needed today.

   Imagine that we can only identify skin cancer from a photograph, with an accuracy of 99.9%. Without leaving your home, conduct an inspection by taking a photo on your phone. Doctors rely in their knowledge on experience and practice, but AI will be able to lay it down hundreds of times more. One doctor can take tens of thousands of people for a career, and we will show the history of the disease and photos of the pathology of hundreds of thousands of patients to the computer system. It would be a colossal experience and an accurate initial diagnosis.

   Millions of people die from cardiology diseases every year. Errors in determining cardiac dysfunction lead to disastrous results. Irreversibly lost time. But what to do about it?

Spending even more time on doctors’ knowledge is ineffective and costly. Human productive resource is minimal, in contrast to the infinite potential of AI. Stress, external stimuli, the need for rest, mistakes – level the work done and often return to the roots, or lead to a deadlock.

   It is enough to set a task for a computer program, like in the first version and provide it with materials and data, and, as a result, get a system that can decipher the ECG better than any doctor. But for now, this is theory.

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