Artificial Intellegence Helped Save A Boy's Life

Aug 26, 2019

An artificial intelligence developer races against time to create a computer program that can save his son from the mysterious illness that seems to be killing him.

It sounds like the premise for a science fiction novel. But it’s a true story.

We talk to Matthew Might, director of the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at University of Alabama, Birmingham. His son, Buddy, has a rare genetic disease. This past May, he became extremely ill and Might put an experimental algorithm into action to come up with possible causes and treatments.  It’s a story that hints at how artificial intelligence could transform medical care.