A team of scientists from Cambridge University found that AI could crack and understand the language of cancer and Alzheimer's in humans by powerful algorithms used the same as Netflix.
Every time Netflix recommends a series to watch, the platforms are using powerful machine-learning algorithms to make highly educated guesses about what people will do next. Ultimately, the aim will be to use AI to develop targeted drugs to dramatically ease symptoms or to prevent dementia happening.
Further use of machine learning could transform future cancer and neurodegenerative disease research. Discoveries could be made beyond what scientists currently already know and speculate about diseases and potentially even beyond what the human brain can understand without the help of machine learning in cells that scientists really need to understand to crack the language of biological function and malfunction that cause cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Machine learning can be free of the limitations of what researchers think are the targets for scientific exploration and it will mean new connections will be found that we have not even conceived of yet, it is really exciting indeed.