When Artificial Intelligence (AI) Melds with Medicine
British Microsoft software engineer Saqib Shaikh has
developed a unique way to meld artificial intelligence
and medicine. Blind since the age of seven, Shaikh
wanted to develop software that would assist him, as well
as others who are visually impaired, to “see” the world
Shaikh made an app, called “Seeing AI,” that can take pictures
of objects and people, then verbalize what it sees in an audio
message. Using an algorithm Shaikh developed, the image
capturing and analysis software can compare the photo with
whatever is in its cloud-based database to determine what the
user is looking at. The app can impressively determine a variety
of objects and situations, such as:
The approximate age of the people interacting with the user
The difference between genders
The shape of standard objects like a desk, building, computer, etc.
The state of facial expressions such as happy, sad, angry, etc.
Things in motion, like people walking in a park or throwing a baseball
Text on a letter, menu, book, etc. and read back
The app is intended to work on both smartphones as well as
PivotHead smart glasses, which have a built-in side button that
the user can touch to take a snapshot of the world around them.
This amazing innovation in healthcare and wearable technology
was unveiled in a keynote speech at the 2016 Microsoft Build
conference. “I love making things that improves people’s lives
and one of the things I’ve always dreamt of since I was at
university was this idea of something that could tell you at any
moment what’s going on around you,” Shaikh said in the keynote
presentation. This type of technology has the ability to empower
those who are visually impaired leading to a feeling that they
can be in control of their lives.
Shaikh and his groundbreaking technology has been featured in
the International Business Times and The Huffington Post. Most
recently, Shaikh was featured on “Bill Nye Saves the World,”
which is a Netflix original series hosted by popular 90’s
children’s television host Bill Nye that talks about today’s
scientific issues and advances in technology.
Since this is only a research project, Shaikh doesn’t know when,
or even if, “Seeing AI,” will be released as a commercial app.
Right now, the technology can only recognize about 100,000
different images, but the hope is that this breakthrough in
artificial technology can assist the visually impaired to see what
they couldn’t see before.
JON BELSHER IS A HEALTHCARE BUSINESS
EXECUTIVE WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE IN LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL
ROLES. OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER, JON
HAS PROVEN HIMSELF AS AN INNOVATIVE,
INVESTIGATIVE FORWARD-THINKER WHO IS
PASSIONATE ABOUT IDENTIFYING AND
CREATING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH, MARKET
EXPANSION, AND VALUE-ADDED SOLUTIONS.
JON ENJOYS STUDYING NEW ADVANCES IN