Artificial Intelligence

This Year’s Ai4 Conference — Day 1

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Urban street art graffiti on the wall: “Everything for everyone until everything is gone” in German: “Alles für alle bis alles alle ist” (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

Back in November, I had the opportunity to attend and write about the Ai4 Healthcare Conference. This year’s conference is a bit different. It was going to be September 1, 2 in Las Vegas and it was going to combine the previously separate conferences — Ai4 Healthcare, Ai4 Finance, Ai4 Retail, etc.

As with all things 2020, it’s been moved to a virtual format this year via the platform Dealroom Events which is something new to me and it’s pretty neat. …

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Antique Glass Medicine Bottles. Photo by Matt Briney

My experience at the Ai4 Healthcare Conference

What happens when you bring physicians, surgeons, CEOs, CTOs, COOs, strategic directors, product managers, software engineers, data analysts, professors and researchers together to discuss the current state of artificial intelligence in healthcare? Well, that’s the idea behind Ai4 Healthcare.

Ai4 Healthcare is a two day conference in NYC that focuses on bringing data practitioners, medical clinicians, and business leaders together to facilitate the discussion around the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. …

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Cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) By L. Wozniak & K. W. Zielinski — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This August, I heard the words that no one wants to hear from their doctor: “You have cancer.” I was diagnosed with a rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a tumultuous couple of weeks of testing and second opinions it was clear that my prognosis was good. The months of treatment had me thinking about my luck; even though I had to live with cancer, I was fortunate to have a good prognosis. I found myself pondering the age-old question, “is there some reason for this?”

During this time, I was really starting to dive into data science. I began thinking about the impact of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) on cancer treatment and its effect on prognosis. Given my situation, I wondered if I should begin to focus studying this area of data science. …


Andrew DeCotiis-Mauro

Data lover and communicator. Editorial Associate at Towards Data Science.

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