Alphabet CFO: Our AI is so good we can detect breast cancer with less data than ever

Major breakthroughs are now possible with less data than ever thanks to artificial intelligence, Alphabet[1] Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday.

Google[2], which is owned by Alphabet, claimed in an October blog post[3] it had created an AI that could “correctly distinguish a slide with metastatic cancer from a slide without cancer 99% of the time.” Google said the breakthrough could indicate that AI could play a role in repetitive diagnostic procedures, freeing up time for doctors to focus on more difficult tasks.

“We needed only hundreds of biopsies from breast cancer patients — hundreds — in order to have a breakthrough in metastatic breast cancer because of the developments in AI,” Porat said.

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