The Weekly, January 3, 2020

Published on January 3, 2020

The Weekly

AI 'outperforms' doctors diagnosing breast cancer

Feature story

AI ‘outperforms’ doctors diagnosing breast cancer 

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2020 (BBC)—Artificial intelligence is more accurate than doctors in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms, a study in the journal Nature suggests.

An international team, including researchers from Google Health and Imperial College London, designed and trained a computer model on X-ray images from nearly 29,000 women.

The algorithm outperformed six radiologists in reading mammograms.

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The Foundation in the News

Livestreams are the new telethons, and they're raising millions for charities

Livestreams are the new telethons, and they’re raising millions for charities

TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (The Washington Post)—In the 1970s and ’80s, mass media fundraising revolved around the telethon. Millions tuned in to watch Jerry Lewis and others emcee the events, as celebrities performed on camera and answered phone calls, all to raise money for a charitable cause. Since then, the event has evolved, and telethons have taken on a modern, digital-first form thanks to video games.

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