A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham has developed and tested a machine learning system that is capable of teaching itself to predict premature death. Though the new technology sounds a bit eerie or something out of a science fiction film the technology could be used to greatly improve preventative healthcare in the near future.
Machine Learning models have already been implemented in the medical world, using quantitative power to detect cancer. With these new Machine Learning algorithms, researchers are able to predict the risk of early death due to chronic disease in a largely middle-aged population. Using data collected over half a million people aged between 40 and 69 recruited to the UK Biobank between 2006 and 2010 and followed up until 2016, the team used the machine learning model to analyze a wide range of demographic, biometric, clinical and lifestyle factors from subjects.