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Deep Learning in Medicine: Why Is It Worrying?

Now present in clinics around the world is deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence which is beginning to replace humans in common tasks such as on analyzing medical images. For example, Constance Lehman, the chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, states that all of the 50,000 screening mammograms that the hospital processes every year is processed through their deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist.

In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles.

However, deep learning tools solve problems in ways that we humans can’t follow. This is worrisome, especially in the field of medicine, where lives are at stake.

Find out more about this story over at Undark.

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