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An AI Scientist Turned a Breast Cancer Diagnosis Into a Tool to Save Lives | FRONTLINE

After MIT-based artificial intelligence researcher Regina Barzilay was diagnosed with breast cancer, she asked: Why couldn’t her cancer have been diagnosed earlier?

Her quest to find an answer would lead to a remarkable result: the development of an AI-based predictive system for early detection of breast cancer with the potential to save many thousands of lives each year.

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Learn more in this excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary “In the Age of AI.” Premiering Nov. 5, 2019, the documentary explores both the promise and the perils of artificial intelligence.

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