Japanese pastry A.I. helps to fight cancer

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For engineers, studying the world for problems to solve comes naturally – though the problem at hand might surprise you! Baked goods might not seem like the world’s most pressing issue right now but for one Japanese bakery the problem couldn’t wait. Now, the artificial intelligence designed for use in a bakery is being used to target cancerous cells instead in the latest miraculous tech and heath development. 

Hisashi Kambe is the man behind the technology. Founder and owner of Japanese tech company, Brain, Kambe has been creating the innovative A.I. software under the name BakeryScan. The software has been in development since 2007 when a baked goods manufacturer asked Kambe for help in distinguishing between products at checkout. 

Consumers are said to prefer unwrapped products that they view as appearing fresher and more desirable. In order to get the open plan, unwrapped deli style restaurant layout they wanted, the manufacturer was looking for a way computer checkouts could do the hard work of remembering individual product codes. By turning over the responsibility for identification to the computer, the server could then assist the customer with other tasks such as bag packing. 

As a result, Kambe and his team of engineers spent over a decade working on preprocessors that could be used in store to distinguish a product at checkout. From croissants to bagels, the technology is able to recognise 55 different baked goods with a 98 percent accuracy rating. 

This astounding rate of success didn’t go unnoticed. Scientists in the United States of America saw the research and thought about ways it could be applied to medical health science. Taking the same technology and renaming it AI Scan, the software is able to detect unusual and potentially cancerous cells whose shapes differ to usual, untroublesome cells. For those wanting to purchase the technology, you can get your own BakeryScan for $20,000 United States Dollars.