Privacy vs Health

David Brooks:

In his book “Deep Medicine,” which is about how A.I. is changing medicine across all fields, Eric Topol describes a study in which a learning algorithm was given medical records to predict who was likely to attempt suicide. It accurately predicted attempts nearly 80 percent of the time. By incorporating data of real-world interactions such as laughter and anger, an algorithm in a similar study was able to reach 93 percent accuracy.

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Medicine is hard because, as A.I. is teaching us, we’re much more different from one another than we thought. There is no single diet approach that is best for all people because we all process food in our own distinct way. Diet, like other treatments, has to be customized. 

You can be freaked out by the privacy-invading power of A.I. to know you, but only A.I. can gather the data necessary to do this.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Save Your Life

Rephrasing a sentence from an earlier post, health is halfway around the block before privacy can get its shoes on.