Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Microsoft and Cancer

From the folks who brought Windows 10 upgrade we now have it that they want to cure cancer. From Microsoft they say:

Microsoft’s research labs around the world, computer scientists, programmers, engineers and other experts are trying to crack some of the computer industry’s toughest problems, from system design and security to quantum computing and data visualization. A subset of those scientists, engineers and programmers have a different goal: They’re trying to use computer science to solve one of the most complex and deadly challenges humans face: Cancer. And, for the most part, they are doing so with algorithms and computers instead of test tubes and beakers.

They continue:

One approach is rooted in the idea that cancer and other biological processes are information processing systems. Using that approach the tools that are used to model and reason about computational processes – such as programming languages, compilers and model checkers – are used to model and reason about biological processes. The other approach is more data-driven. It’s based on the idea that researchers can apply techniques such as machine learning to the plethora of biological data that has suddenly become available, and use those sophisticated analysis tools to better understand and treat cancer. Both approaches share some common ground – including the core philosophy that success depends on both biologists and computer scientists bringing their expertise to the problem.

Trusting these folks to cure anything is highly unrealistic. Just try seeking help on a Microsoft site. No way. It was not until Google came along that people could wend their way through the horrific complexity of Microsoft. Customer friendly? Not. So guess how they would treat patients! 

Just a simple example. Almost 2 months after the Anniversary W10 release, one cannot use their H.264 cameras, a global standard. Would Microsoft perhaps blind the world! How could anyone realistically trust these people to do anything in medicine!