Neil Deshmukh, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talks optimistically of a “superpower” to distribute high-level knowledge through algorithms and solve many of our global problems. The name of this superpower? AI! Consequently, Deshmukh is dedicated to identifying societal problems that have remained overlooked, and developing comprehensive AI solutions that incorporate novel technologies and community involvement, to help people around the world.
He started doing this as a teenager. He created an app called PlantumAI to help farmers in developing countries identify and treat crop disease. He was inspired to do this during a 2016 trip to India where he visited the farm where his grandfather was working. He secured a partnership with plant pathologists at Akola Agriculture University. To date, more than 1500 crop disease instances have been detected and processed.
One of his current projects is BayMax, a low-cost personal healthcare assistant. It utilizes machine learning algorithms to identify medical issues automatically through a series of automated tests. It can detect cardiac, cognitive, dermatological, and symptomatic issues, formatting the data in a way that optimizes patient triage and analysis. BayMax allows healthcare systems to become more efficient in areas where medical facilities are less prevalent.
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