Face-Scanning A.I. can identify rare genetic disorders

Facial recognition can unlock your phone, help to fight crime and as the time passes, can be used in many more more cases. Now it can even diagnose certain genetic diseases based on people’s faces thanks to the DeepGestalt.

Rare disorders often show up in someone’s appearance and because of that you are sometimes able to identify the condition of the patient based of his facial traits. Researchers have trained artificial intelligence to recognize these features making it possible  to make a quick and cheap diagnosis. They trained the neural network, called DeepGestalt, with the pictures of T 17,000 kids with 200-plus genetic disorders. In a test with 502 new images, DeepGestalt successfully placed the correct syndrome in its top 10 list 91% of the time outperforming the doctors in this field.

“DeepGestalt is a facial image analysis framework that is able to highlight similarities to hundreds of genetic disorders” – Yaron Gurovich, chief technology officer at FDNA

This tool in combination with genome testing can easily be used to help doctors search for specific genetic markers and make an accurate diagnosis much more efficiently and effectively. And even though there is still a long way for it to be perfect, there is a huge chance that it might be once used in everyday life.

On the other hand, given how easy it is to photograph a face, the tool could be abused by employers or insurance providers to discriminate against people with a high probability of having certain disorders. Luckily, it is said that the tool will only be available to clinicians.

 

Sources:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/artificial-intelligence-could-diagnose-rare-disorders-using-just-photo-face

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189683-ai-can-identify-rare-genetic-disorders-by-the-shape-of-someones-face/

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/fdna-deepgestalt-facial-recognition/amp/

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4 thoughts on “Face-Scanning A.I. can identify rare genetic disorders

  1. Bialik Julia says:

    Honestly speaking, face recognition really freaks me out. I’m one of those people who constantly hides their camera on their laptop, as I’m convinced somebody is watching me. This is the reason why I’m probably never going to use face recognition on my phone but you brought to my attention much more appropriate use of this feature. I reckon it’s a very clever way of diagnosing some genetic disorders – it saves precious resources (doctors), although I do not think AI is that reliable yet to lean entirely on its prognosis. Still, face recognition may be used as an immediate measure of diagnosis for worried parents, which is a great thing indeed.

  2. Orłowska Pola says:

    Facial recognition was certainly a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence, and as you can see, it enjoys great interest even among users with telephones with this function. I have a phone that unlocks after recognizing my face and I think it’s a nice gadget. However, when I think that face recognition can be used to examine people and diagnose genetic diseases, I like it even more. In my opinion, the developers of the DeepGestalt tool, wanting to help doctors look for specific genetic markers and diagnose diseases more accurately, took a step into the future and if they would be able to provide the tool to doctors, maybe it would help many patients, or even save someone’s life?

  3. Kogowska Aleksandra says:

    The topic of facial recognition is amazing. Just look at all the possibilities that we have thanks to that. We can recognise diseases, track criminals or even open our phone. I believe that with this tool and knowledge that we have we will be able to do a lot more then just finding disease. DeepGestalt although has done something unusual and I hope that this topic is going to be deeper in the future.

  4. Głazek Maciej says:

    Facial recognitions is both amazing and scary. It is mostly amazing in the scientific and medical field and scary when government and hackers use it. The potential of artificial intelligence in medicine has already proven to be amazing by recognising many diseases better than real life doctors. Its also cool in everyday tech as Pola mentioned before, but it is scary how it works in deep fakes for example or even can determine your sexuality or probability of committing a crime with a rather high probability using one picture of your face. It is like a double edged sword. I hope it finds more amazing use cases in science and less bad uses.

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