Google to use AI for early degenerative eye condition detection

Google has partnered with the National Health Service — the United Kingdom's governmental health service — to find better ways of detecting various eye conditions.

Google DeepMind — an artificial intelligence unit owned by Alphabet, Google's parent company — will be working with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the top eye hospitals worldwide.

Together, they'll research how diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration cause vision loss and affect more than 100 million people across the globe.

Certain privacy advocates worry that DeepMind will use NHS' data for non-medical purposes, but DeepMind insists that this is not the case, according to Bloomberg Technology.

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