Artificial intelligence with a microscope can identify bacteria with great precision.
Source: Science Daily
Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help clinical microbiologists diagnose potentially deadly blood infections and improve patients’ odds of survival, according to microbiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
Kirby’s team used an automated microscope designed to collect high-resolution image data from microscopic slides. In this case, blood samples taken from patients with suspected bloodstream infections were incubated to increase bacterial numbers. Then, slides were prepared by placing a drop of blood on a glass slide and stained with dye to make the bacterial cell structures more visible.
Next, they trained a convolutional neural network (CNN) — a class of artificial intelligence modeled on the mammalian visual cortex and used to analyze visual data — to categorize bacteria based on their shape and distribution.
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I believe that medicine isn’t the only application to this AI. An AI which knows what is a bacteria can be used in a space probe to identify life outside Earth.