How will the AI and Data revolution transform our lives?


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Using AI, there is an opportunity to accelerate medical research in early diagnosis, leading to better prevention and treatment of disease. Cancer Research UK believe that within 15 years, across 4 cancer types alone (lung, bowel, prostate and ovary), investing in an early diagnosis research platform with AI could result in 56,000 more people per year having their cancers diagnosed at an early rather than late stage, resulting in 22,000 fewer deaths per year within 5 years of diagnosis.
On 21 May 2018 the Prime Minister announced the first AI and Data Grand Challenge mission: To use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030. This mission aspires to put the UK at the forefront of AI in early diagnosis, innovation, prevention and treatment. Success in this mission can save lives and increase NHS efficiency by enabling prevention and reducing the need for costly late stage treatment. The opportunity - working with academia, the charitable sector, and industry and harnessing the power of AI technologies - is considerable. It should lead to a whole new industry of diagnostic and tech companies which would drive UK economic growth.
These are big ambitions - and not for government alone. We need everyone to contribute: industry, academia, local government, civil society, as well as individuals and families themselves.
To begin, we have one question: 
Where can the use of AI and data transform our lives?


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  • Thank you all for your input to the Artificial Intelligence Grand Challenge. This challenge is now closed.
  • We are very grateful for your thoughts on, amongst other things, dermatological scanning; support to elderly/vulnerable persons; the use of AI in Education; decision making in automated vehicles; and on modelling the future.
  • A number of ideas were related to the current mission that we have on Early Diagnostics, or to our other commitments under the AI Sector Deal. We will ensure they are taken on board as we further develop this work. The government will be making announcements on future missions and how they will be delivered with industry in due course.
  • Your ideas and challenges are vitally important as we develop our thinking.

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