X PRIZE Foundation Aims to Put Virtual Physician in Every Pocket

From Medgadget:

The X PRIZE Foundation is planning a new contest to spur the development of an artificial intelligence powered physician. The $10 million AI Physician X PRIZE will go to “the first team to build an artificial intelligence system that can offer a medical diagnosis as good as or better than a diagnosis from a group of 10 board-certified doctors.” The vision for the AI physician is that it should be able to communicate in any language and be accessible from a cellphone. As more than 50% of the world’s population now has a cellphone, projected to increase to over 80% by 2013, the AI physician could truly become the world’s doctor.