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Microsoft is using machine learning to help fight blindness

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Though robots and artificial intelligenceArtificial Intelligence knows many different definitions, but in general it can be defined as a machine completing complex tasks intelligently, meaning that it mirrors human intelligence and evolves with time. may not replace our doctors entirely in the foreseeable future, they are already starting to make a difference.

Microsoft is now using machine and artificial intelligence to help doctors in India to diagnoze and treat eye diseases.

Earlier this year, Microsoft began working with the not-for-profit LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in India to have its Azure machine and Power BI services analyze patterns among cases and predict the surgical outcome of eye surgery patients.

The collaboration saw Microsoft going through a trove of data — anonymized records of 1.1 million people — and provide doctors with insights into how the blindness spreads in the country, Anil Bhansali, Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D), explained to Mashable India in a conversation.

Microsoft says it utilized Azure machine service to crunch the numbers and Power BI service to visualize those numbers to make sense out of them. These numbers helped the doctors, Microsoft says, to ascertain how much time a patient has before their eye issues extrapolate.

Microsoft says after going through such voluminous data, its -platform was also able to predict how likely it is that doctors will be able to successfully perform eye surgeries. Though the company didn’t share how accurate its projections have been, it said it is ready to expand the initiatives with other academic and research organizations.

Today the company announced it has partnered with Bascom Palmer – University of Miami, Flaum Eye Institute – University of Rochester (USA), Federal University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia).  …

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