US and China should collaborate, not compete, to bring AI to healthcare

US and China should collaborate, not compete, to bring AI to healthcare
In the wake of the US government ordering the Chinese artificial intelligence company iCarbonX to divest its majority ownership stake in the Cambridge, Mass.-based company PatientsLikeMe, Eric Topol, M.D., of Scripps Research, argues for more, not less, collaboration between China and the U.S. on artificial intelligence development. Credit: Scripps Research

In the wake of the U.S. government ordering the Chinese artificial intelligence company iCarbonX to divest its majority ownership stake in the Cambridge, Mass.-based company PatientsLikeMe, Eric Topol, M.D., of Scripps Research, argues for more, not less, collaboration between China and the U.S. on artificial intelligence development.

In the latest edition of Nature Biotechnology, Topol co-authors the commentary article, titled "It Takes a Planet," with and artificial intelligence expert, Kai-Fu Li, Ph.D., CEO of the China-based tech investment firm Sinovation Ventures. They argue that the "global health benefits of international collaboration, although challenging to actualize, outweigh those of confrontation and competition."

They critique the forced divestiture of iCarbonX as misguided and harmful to the U.S. artificial sector. "Chinese academics and companies already have unfettered access to personal health data," they write. "To compete in AI health, U.S. companies will need access to clinical data on a similar scale. How will that be possible if the current isolationist policy continues?"

Topol and Li note that has irrevocably changed the landscape of medicine, with every individual representing vast amounts of medical information—genomic and otherwise—that no human can adequately process. This is occurring at a time when there are unacceptable levels of medical errors, inefficiency, waste, burnout and depression among clinicians, and high costs for . In addition, they note that poor access to medical care among people living in increases inequities in healthcare.

"These problems mandate big thinking on how we can pool our resources to promote better everywhere and for everyone," they write. "We have at our fingertips technology capable of analyzing petabytes of data. The difference now is that it is potentially achievable by capitalizing on the ability to analyze the data rather than capitulating to the challenge. Let us embrace this opportunity by working together collaboratively across the planet for the greater good of all."


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More information: Nature Biotechnology, 2019. DOI: 10.1038/s41587-019-0214-z
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Aug 02, 2019
If you feed a totalitarian state, it will shit out missiles.

Aug 03, 2019
Cooperation? More like just another example of one-way technology transfer to those who wish us ill. Consider cooperation if the PRC ever turns into a free democratic state.

Aug 04, 2019
Cooperation? More like just another example of one-way technology transfer to those who wish us ill. Consider cooperation if the PRC ever turns into a free democratic state.
China has already stolen what it needs in this field and is now ahead

"Businesses and government have collaborated on a sweeping plan to make China the world's primary A.I. innovation center by 2030, and it's already making serious progress toward that goal. That plan is unlikely to be repealed by a new government; this March, China abolished Xi's term limits and will effectively allow him to remain in power for life. That gives China an incredible advantage over the West."

-Time to steal some back.

Aug 04, 2019
"We have at our fingertips technology capable of analyzing petabytes of data. The difference now is that it is potentially achievable by capitalizing on the ability to analyze the data rather than capitulating to the challenge. Let us embrace this opportunity by working together collaboratively across the planet for the greater good of all."

The true cost of the endeavor is time and energy. If any cost should be passed on to the consumer it would only become cost-prohibitive for those living in a country that is just that detached from the reality of the true cost. But their corrupt leaders will somehow justify spending lots of money for more missiles.
If you feed a totalitarian state, it will shit out missiles
It will soon be easy to identify the few remaining totalitarian states on the planet.

Aug 04, 2019
When both the A.I. and expert cardiologists were asked to sort the images, the algorithm achieved an accuracy of 92 percent. The humans got only 79 percent correct.
Source: Top A.I. Algorithms In Healthcare

Absolutely cannot wait until AI is applied to the money system in a collaborative fashion -- defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

Aug 04, 2019
People from China and the US and Europa nd India and... are publishing their AI medical research at the same conferebces.

Cooperation? More like just another example of one-way technology transfer to those who wish us ill.

I hate to burst your bubble, but the top AI research is coming from China (and has been for the past years)

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