Welsh Scientist have used the AI that Facebook and eBay uses to identify serial killers.

Welsh Scientist have used the AI that Facebook and eBay uses to identify serial killers.

By Christopher D. Baker – 25/11/16

Welsh Scientists use Computer Vision AI to Hunt Serial Killers, sources state.

University researchers have found a new use for the artificial intelligence (AI) technology commonly found within Facebook image facial recognition. This branch of AI, espoused previously on this very site, comes under the name of Computer Vision, used for the transposition of real world objects its digital format then “understood” by the AI to categorise, detect, and recognise the subjects searched for. With Facebook it’s utilised mainly to provide a means to connect with your friends, family and other loved ones.

Welsh Scientists identify serial killers
Here instead the scientists at Swansea had loftier goals in mind, to wit the early detection of cancer cells, allowing for a quicker prognosis and furthering the accuracy of any diagnosis. Thus, will allow for shorter treatment times, improved recovery chances, better quality of life for all that are afflicted by this disease.

The new method, developed by researchers at Swansea University’s College of Engineering, allow for thousands of cells to be checked, in the time that only a dozen could be in the current techniques, PhD student Lauren Blake has stated [3].

The detection algorithms, allow for not only easier location of the afflicted cells but additionally can allow researchers to map the progress and effectiveness of the treatments with greater efficiency and accuracy.

This new use of the Computer Vision branch of AI, is exciting and promising, but still in its infancy.


[1] https://www.britishcouncil.org/cubed/future-technology/ai-cancer-cell-scan (Accessed: 25/11/2016)

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-35306035 (Accessed: 25/11/2016)

[3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35318662 (Accessed: 25/11/2016)

[4] http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/news-archive/2016/newmethodtoidentifycelltypesusingartificialintelligence.php (Accessed: 25/11/2016)