Baidu Launches Medical AI

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13 August 2015. And finally, the Chinese search giant Baidu has launched a medical symptom-checking service. When users feel ill, they can talk to the app, listing their symptoms, which will then come up with diagnostic suggestions and directions to the nearest specialist. The app has 520 diseases stored in its database, which cover 90% of all illnesses, according to Baidu. The service is currently only available on desktop, although a mobile version is due to be released soon. Baidu has said that this symptom-checking AI is just its first step into the digital healthcare market, saying that its “long-term goal is to build a medical robot”.

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