Artificial Intelligence is helping us win the war on health, but it's losing the war of public opinion.
The obsession that media has with the spectre of an all-powerful AI robbing us of our jobs, our humanity, and our primacy on planet earth is genuinely terrifying and sells newspapers.
It's also overwhelming the public debate on the facts - yes there are major risks, but it's also clear getting a better understanding of our crucial information is a key to unlocking a much better world for all of humanity, and it is beyond our skill set as human beings.
Check out this story in the link below - it's really worth reading up on. It appeared basically nowhere in the press until business insider and others started screaming about data security.
Trace the links back, however - and you'll see DeepMind, the UK based company that was acquired by Google for a squillion dollars, is working with the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead London.
Right now, it's focused on helping resolve Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). AKI is a big deal - the NHS spends more on AKI than it does on breast cancer (about £1bn each year).
The big problem is diagnosis - if you catch it before it sets in, you can ameliorate the symptoms and fix the problem - if not, then you're in for a foul time with regular dialysis and heavy surgery (if you're lucky) - this is where the deaths and the costs pile up (circa 40,000 extra deaths each year in the UK alone).
DeepMind's Artificial Intelligence is working with patterns from anonymised historical patient data to identify current patients who may have a problem soon, so they get treatment in minutes or hours, rather than days or months.
From a communications point of view - this is where the real story is - imagine for a moment what it must be like to go through the torture of AKI. Imagine your life, or that of someone closest to you is saved, invisibly, by an early warning system that lets a renal specialist get to you early; and just give you a few extra meds. There is emotion there, life affirming positive brilliant emotions. Loved ones saved.
This is what AI is. It's a tool which can be used to maximise human flourishing. The data security panic is way overblown compared to the positive outcomes. We need to make sure the code of ethics is sensitively developed and rigorously applied, to prevent misuse.
But AI helps save lives today - right this moment. In the future you could see it being deployed to make sound economic and financial policy decisions to benefit many, rather than the few based on real world data (AI government), improve our understanding of the genome and novel drug compounds (AI drug research), reduce deaths and traffic on the road (auto. and just about anything else you can think of.
This is the single biggest revolution of our lifetimes - and we should not fear it, but learn to work with it and enhance our every day existence. Adding intelligence to our everyday lives is going to be the business plan of many of the great businesses of the next decade or two. It's time to embrace the future.
The only real scandal here is how out of step our public debate is.
AKI affects one in six in-patients and is often an indication that a patient is deteriorating and needs additional care. However, it can be difficult to detect and treat quickly. Streams, which was developed in partnership with technology company DeepMind, uses a range of test result data to identify which patients could be in danger of developing AKI and means doctors and nurses can respond in minutes rather than hours or days - potentially saving lives.