Machine learning has been responsible for many achievements in science and health over the past decade. The benefits of these accomplishments are highly valued and served as inspiration for more research. In what feels like an culmination of accomplishments, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham has recently developed and tested a machine learning system that is capable of teaching itself to predict premature death. This fascinating news came to us from Interesting Engineering in their article, “Machine Learning Algorithms Are Now Able to Predict Premature Death.”

Though the new technology sounds straight out of a science fiction film, it has potential to be used to greatly improve preventative healthcare in the near future.

Machine learning models have already been implemented in the medical world in a variety of applications. With these new machine learning algorithms, researchers are now able to predict the risk of early death due to chronic disease in a largely middle-aged population.

Melody K. Smith

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