How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Us Harder to Kill | Matthew Russell | TEDxNashvilleSalon

The impact of artificial intelligence tends to be hyped, but in healthcare the potential really is enormous. In this talk, Matthew Russell, Digital Reasoning’s CTO, colorfully describes the future of healthcare where humans, informed by wearable technology and learning systems, will partner with machines to realize the biggest improvements to humanity — which will make us stronger, faster, and harder to kill.

Matthew Russell serves as Chief Technology Officer of Digital Reasoning. Matthew ensures the strategic technology vision and powers behind their cognitive computing platform, Synthesys. Under his leadership, Synthesys software emerged as the world leader in understanding human communication, deep learning and artificial intelligence at unprecedented scale. In 2015, the software shattered the world record for largest neural network at over 160 billion parameters – 14 times larger than the previous record held by Google. His most significant achievement in 2016 is the release of Digital Reasoning’s Cancer Patient ID. His team has been working with a large healthcare system to develop an application to automate the analysis of clinical reports to identify in near-real time patients who needed follow-up care. Cancer Patient ID does two things: it identifies whether or not a pathology report has cancer, and predicts the primary site of the cancer-positive documents. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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