Joel Ko, co-founder and chief executive, of Marvelstone Ventures a Singapore-based company, said Alibaba’s announcement recently that it would site one of its global AI research facilities in Singapore a focal point for the fast growing industry. The Chinese conglomerate – owner of the South China Morning Post also revealed it was setting up an AI hub of its own in the city state, which would incubate 100 start ups every year. It said its hub would be “the world’s biggest” when it opens in 2018. The diversity of technology facility set-ups in Singapore could be an opportunity for partnership and collaboration” as what we see Alibaba and other technology giants. Such a movement by a technology giant is good for us because they make AI buzzing and popular with the country’s heterogeneous ethnic make-up made it attractive to AI researchers across the world.
In the area of Healthcare Tech firms are racing to apply AI globally. DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, for example, is training an AI algorithm to diagnose eye diseases.
Hanalytics said it is the first Healthcare AI machine that can diagnose a suite of neurological conditions, from brain tumours to vascular issues. Neurological conditions with accuracy of over 90 per cent can be picked up by Biomind, higher than the 60 per cent by top doctors at the Beijing hospital, noted Mr Moh, chief executive of, Hanalytics at the firm’s research centre for neurology at Beijing Tiantan Hospital.
A single scan contains over 3,000 images. The AI is able to identify where the condition is, what it is, and churn out a report – all in an instant,” said Mr Moh. Biomind makes this decisions after being “trained” on a bank of over two decades’ worth of MRI and CT records of the hospital’s past diagnoses. It also learns from its mistakes. If it makes a wrong diagnosis, a senior doctor can correct it and this correction is stored in the database so it does not make the same error in future.
Apart from Beijing Tiantan Hospital's renowned neurology expertise, the hospital was picked for the trial because of the sheer number of patients it sees - it does about 10,000 neurosurgery procedures a year.
Dr Gao Peiyi, a neurorcadiologist, said Biomind will allow doctors to be more productive. It also provides more consistent diagnoses, he said. "It does not get tired... Human doctors are affected by emotions, their physical state, time and other external factors, and this can affect the accuracy of their diagnoses."