GE Moving Ahead With AI-Enhanced X-Ray System

GE’s health unit won an important victory this week, clearing the path for an X-ray system that uses AI to accelerate the diagnosis and treatment of a deadly lung ailment.

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new artificial intelligence-powered X-ray device that maker GE Healthcare says reduces the time to diagnose and treat a collapsed lung from eight hours to as little as 15 minutes, the company announced Thursday,” writes Berkeley Lovelace Jr. of CNBC.The device, called the Critical Care Suite, uses AI algorithms to scan X-ray images and detect pneumothorax, a deadly condition more commonly known as a collapsed lung that affects roughly 74,000 Americans each year.”

The clearance expands the market for a new kind of medicine in which AI and other forms of advanced data analytics assist physicians in making critical decisions in the treatment of patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses.

“The FDA clearance comes at a time when AI is expanding across the medical field, helping doctors quickly analyze a range of illnesses and diseases, thus reducing cost and inefficiencies. While there’s optimism, there are also concerns about technology making major medical decisions,” writes Lovelace.

Apple to Launch Gaming Service

Next week, Apple will launch a new service that subscribers play ad-free games on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs. Apple’s Arcade gaming service will cost $4.99 per month.

Apple said it has signed up more than 100 exclusive games for the service, and that new titles will be added each month. Some games include Frogger in Toy Town and a graphically-intense underwater world game. It will debut in 150 countries,” writes Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. “Apple joins other tech and gaming companies that are launching subscription services. Earlier this year, Google unveiled its Stadia service, while Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. are working on similar offerings. Apple also initiated support for game controllers on the Apple TV earlier this year as part of its gaming push.”

NASA Readies Next Rover for New Mars Mission

Engineers at NASA are putting the finishing touches on a new and improved Rover that will look for signs of life on Mars.

“The six-wheeled bot is outfitted with two powerful cameras, sensors designed to study Martian weather, and radar that can penetrate more than 30 feet below ground. But its primary mission will be using its 7-foot-long, turret-tipped arm to scour the soil for microbial life,” writes Daniel Oberhaus of Wired. “Using ultraviolet lasers, the appendage scans the terrain to detect the presence of organic compounds. Then it drills into rock, extracts core samples, and deposits them into the rover's body—all without human intervention. Once consumed, the samples are hermetically sealed inside tubes, which the rover will then deposit in one place to be retrieved by a future mission.”

I like including these items about NASA because many of us still look to the space agency for inspiration and innovation. NASA technology often has an influence on the software and hardware we rely upon to keep our enterprise systems running, and it’s reassuring to know that the technology has been tested in a truly difficult environment.