Insights February 29th, 2016

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.
In Future Trends: Facebook and Google Go into Healthcare (as predicted) we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, February 26th, 2016.

Facebook Is Already Using Its Artificial Intelligence On You

Facebook going into healthcare was also part of the predictions made by me in ‘2016 Predictions: The Year of Consciousness’.
And, in a Facebook Town Hall in Berlin Zuckerberg said:

[AI can] make every doctor as good as the best doctor in the world at diagnosing skin cancer.

Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research, Facebook added:

Lives are going to be saved by AI.

While Facebook’s algorithm might seem a bit inconsequential compared to a cancer-detecting robot, Zuckerberg said his company is in a key position to further AI research in general.
Zuckerberg and LeCun wrapped up the town hall by announcing a new partnership program that will accelerate AI experimentation at key research institutions. To kick it off, Facebook is donating 25 servers across the European Union.
Via Huffington Post

Google DeepMind make their first foray into smarter healthcare

Recently, Google announced the creation of a new division of DeepMind that will focus on the applications of AI in healthcare.

We’re starting in the UK, where the National Health Service is hugely important to our team. The NHS helped bring many of us into the world, and has looked after our loved ones when they’ve most needed help. We want to see the NHS thrive, and to ensure that its talented clinicians get the tools and support they need to continue providing world-class care.

The first of these forays is via a partnership with Imperial College London on a new app, called Hark, which will allow medical staff to better prioritize the various clinical tasks they have to perform.

Hark should enable all the members of the medical team to share vital information about patients whilst they are on the go, to give patients the best possible care.

The app aims to make it easier for staff to manage their extensive ‘to do’ list and reduce the kind of delays that can have serious consequences for patients.
By the way, this was one of the predictions made by me in ‘2016 Predictions: The Year of Consciousness’.
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