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Some say that the invention of the abacus more than 2,500 years ago was the first step on the long road to artificial intelligence (AI). The reason why this simple calculator made of beads and wires is often called the precursor to the modern computer is because the principle—performing repeated calculations faster than the human brain—is the same.

Now scientists are harnessing the speed of modern computers and programming them with cognitive algorithms and sophisticated decision trees to help solve complex medical problems. This rapidly advancing science was the focus yesterday of the Chair’s Invited Session at AACC's Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, titled “Is Artificial Intelligence in Genomics Ready for Prime Time?”
 

To read the full recap of the session, authored by Adil Khan, MSc, PhD/AACC, click here.

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