An AI artificial intelligence system outperformed dermatologists at detecting skin cancer in a study that compared the analyses of doctors with the analyses of an artificial intelligence system. The goal of the study was to create better and faster diagnostics.

Researchers taught an artificial intelligence system to distinguish dangerous skin lesions from benign ones. The system used more than 100,000 images. This deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) was then tested against 58 dermatologists from 17 countries, shown photos of malignant melanomas and benign moles. On average, human dermatologists accurately detected 86.6% of skin cancers from the images. The CNN artificial intelligence system detected 95%.

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