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DAVOS EMBRACE MACHINE LEARNING DON’T FEAR IT

ALGORITHMS WILL SOLVE PROBLEMS WE CAN’T SOLVE ON OUR OWN

YOU MAY never have heard of diabetic retinopathy, but this nasty condition is the fastest-growing cause of blindness in the world. It poses a risk to the 415 million people with diabetes—nearly 5 percent of the world’s population. The condition occurs when chronically high blood sugar damages the tiny vessels that provide blood to the retina. People who suffer from diabetic retinopathy can begin to experience distorted vision and ultimately go blind. And here’s the even deeper tragedy: Diabetic retinopathy can be prevented; it just needs to be detected early.

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