4. Automated dermatologists

Automation has improved many of our daily activities in the past few decades, like how the ATM replaced visits to bank tellers. In the future, we may replace visits to the dermatologist for mole checks with a self-scan using a smartphone and an app, thanks to a team of Stanford researchers who have trained a computer to identify cancerous moles as accurately as a dermatologist. One key objective of the effort is to “bring the expertise of top-level dermatologists to places where the dermatologist is not available” said Sebastian Thrun, senior author of the study. Reason being, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has a 99% 5-year survival rate when caught early, compared to 14% when detected in its latest stage.

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