The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has recently stated that the diagnoses of cancer and other diseases could be transformed using artificial intelligence (AI).

Experts have stated that by 2033, AI could help prevent over 22,000 cancer deaths a year and help fight diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia.

The development of smart technologies to analyze great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by human beings, opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease,” stated May. The British government hopes that by utilizing internet companies that handle large-scale data analysis could take a mix of genetic and medical data to produce algorithms able to swiftly generate information for doctors and offer early detection. Digital strategies that could speed diagnosis and accuracy would lead to earlier and cheaper intervention.

The British government’s industrial strategy is based on incentivizing technological innovation. Over $1.8bn has been invested in research and development to support the Grand Challenge programme, that include artificial intelligence and the data economy; clean growth; healthy ageing; and the future of mobility.

 

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