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Video: Teaching Machines to Diagnose Cancer

In this PBS video, Hari Sreenivasan reports on how tech firms are investing in the next generation of intelligent computer programs and in what ways the technology still lags behind humans. The report also takes a closer look at teaching machines to diagnose cancer.

In some ways, it is ironic that computers will probably be best at low-level (diagonstic) tasks, pretty simple algorithmic stuff,” said Dr. Robert Watcher from the University of California at San Francisco. “I have a runny nose and a cough and a low-grade fever. What should I do? And high — very high-complexity stuff, like, I have an unusual form of lung cancer and I have these genetic mutations, and what should I do?

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