Google wants to answer the questions you raise after spotting pimples in your arm with the help of artificial intelligence. The search giant’s new dermatology feature, unveiled this week, uses machine learning to identify 288 different Skin ailments ranging from acne to melanoma based on user-submitted photographs.
Dr Karen DeSalvo, the company’s chief health officer and a former assistant secretary of health under the Obama administration said that in a matter of seconds, people can have a list of possible matching dermatological conditions. This will be inclusive of a range of Skin types and tones.The company said that there are more than 10 billion searches in Google related to Skin, nail and hair issues each year. But users may have difficulty describing their conditions through search terms alone. The company’s photo-based tool is designed to cover 90% of the most frequently searched dermatology related questions.
The company said that people can use their phone’s camera to take three pictures of the problem area let’s consider a rash on their arm. The artificial intelligence tool will answer a series of questions about their Skin type and other symptoms. The tool then gives a list of possible conditions from a set of 288 that it’s trained to recognize. It’s not intended to diagnose the problem.