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Google CEO Sundar Pichai to visit India in December

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New Delhi: Since Chennai-born Sundar Pichai took over as Google’s CEO, he would be taking his first overseas trip and plans to visit India later in December.

Sources said Pichai is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. The 43-year old CEO had met Modi in September during the Prime Minister’s Silicon Valley visit.

The IIT-Kharagpur alumnus is also supposed to hold an open event at the Delhi University for Indian students from all across the country.

Pichai will also be listing Google’s plans for India in his keynote address at a Google for India event, added the sources.

However, a spokesperson from Google India failed to confirm these details.

Apparently, Google will be hosting an event on December 16 for which it has sent out invites. “At Google, we believe that technology can change people’s lives for the better. Indians are coming online at an astonishing rate with affordable smartphones. These new users have a completely fresh view on what the Internet has to offer. Please block your date for an event with Google as we outline our vision for these users,” read the invite.

Google had earlier announced that it will work together with the Indian Railways to make sure 500 stations across India will have free wi-fi access by next year.

Pichai had also stated plans regarding Google incorporating 11 Indian languages in its Android platform, including Gujarati—Pichai’s mother tongue.

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Google AI Can Now Predict Lung Cancer Accurately

The research was published in the journal Nature Medicine

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A team of Google researchers has used a deep-learning algorithm to detect lung cancer accurately from computed scans.

The work demonstrates the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase both accuracy and consistency, which could help accelerate adoption of lung cancer screening worldwide.

Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers worldwide — more than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined — and it’s the sixth most common cause of death globally, according to the World Health Organization.

“Using advances in 3D volumetric modeling alongside datasets from our partners (including Northwestern University), we’ve made progress in modeling lung cancer prediction as well as laying the groundwork for future clinical testing,” Shravya Shetty, M.S. Technical Lead at Google explained in a blog post late Monday.

Google researchers created a model that can not only generate the overall lung cancer malignancy prediction (viewed in 3D volume) but also identify subtle malignant tissue in the lungs (lung nodules).

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In the research, Google AI leveraged 45,856 de-identified chest CT screening cases (some in which cancer was found).

“When using a single CT scan for diagnosis, our model performed on par or better than the six radiologists. We detected five per cent more cancer cases while reducing false-positive exams by more than 11 per cent compared to unassisted radiologists in our study,” said Google.

For an asymptomatic patient with no history of cancer, the AI system reviewed and detected potential lung cancer that had been previously called normal.

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These initial results are encouraging, but further studies will assess the impact and utility in clinical practice, said Google.

The research was published in the journal Nature Medicine. (IANS)