Big Data shows big promise in medicine

In medicine, replacing intuition with machine intelligence might save patients from drug side effects or otherwise incurable cancers.

In handling some life-or-death medical judgements, computers have already surpassed the abilities of doctors. We’re looking at the promise of self-driving cars, according to Zak Kohane, a doctor and researcher at Harvard Medical School. On the roads, replacing drivers with computers could save lives that would otherwise be lost to human error. In medicine, replacing intuition with machine intelligence might save patients from drug side effects or otherwise incurable cancers.

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