Friday, December 18, 2009
Computers Offer A Faster Way To Cure Humanity's Ills
From The Guardian:
Scientific research and medical breakthroughs increasingly depend on huge computer power.
HOW DO YOU predict whether a given patient is likely to die from a heart attack? Conventional medical wisdom would base a risk assessment on factors such as the person's age, whether they were smokers and/or diabetic plus the results of cardiac ultrasound and various blood tests. It may be that a better predictor is a computer program that analyses the patient's electrocardiogram looking for subtle features within the data provided by the instrument.
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