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Regina Barzilay.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology artificial intelligence researcher Regina Barzilay has been named the first recipient of a new award for those developing or promoting AI for the benefit of society.

Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) has named Massachusetts Institute of Technology artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Regina Barzilay the first recipient of its new award for those developing or promoting AI for the benefit of society.

Barzilay helped to build a deep learning algorithm that can assess patients' risk for developing breast cancer.

She said she thinks people both inside and outside the AI community have a responsibility to convert a vast amount of AI research in healthcare into tools for improving care.

To that end, Barzilay and a team of researchers updated the breast cancer risk evaluation model for deployment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

AAAI said the award is intended to counter widespread messages about AI's potential negative effects.

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