Kiwi cardiologist reveals how simple technology can change your life expectancy

New Zealand scientists are extending life expectancy with technology that has the potential to diagnose an illness faster than a doctor.

Bob Stone turned 60 last year. His heart turned 71. “It jolts you to think about your mortality. You think, ‘Shit, my heart is 71 and the average male worldwide lives to 77. I have a lot of things I have to get done and I have six years left to do it.”

The technology that gave Stone that life-changing information – he’s since started new drugs and a dietary regime that have shaved several years from his heart’s biological age – was a form of artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not what science fiction would dub AI – a type of spooky thinking robot that can take on a life of its own – but a form of machine learning that has been around for many years and is growing in sophistication and usefulness.

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by Donna Chisholm / 09 June 2019