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Side-Sim New Research in the Starfleet Medical Journal

Posted Oct. 17, 2021, 10:43 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Solal Segal (Oncology and Immunology) (Nicole Cline)

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Starfleet Medical Journal

Issue [XXXXXXX] Vol [XXXX}
. . . .
New Advancement in Predictive AI Diagnosis Algorithms By Lieutenant Junior Grade V’alura Belmont, PhD of Artificial Intelligence

[An abstract that details the main finding of the research, an introduction of herself and the current predictive algorithms used currently in the field and the objective of her research and algorithm, her testing methodologies and an introduction to the data used for testing, then roughly a hundred pages of math, code and such much data regarding the new algorithm and the results from trial tests. A discussion comparing the results to those made by current algorithms, and a recommendation of how this new model may be used within the medical field. Due to the algorithm’s highly accurate predictions, it could be utilized predicting infection and progress of disease. However, further research and testing are required before this new algorithm is made available to medical equipment. The research paper ends with Lt. Jgr. Belmont’s contact information.]

V’alura Belmont, Lt. Jgr., USS Ark Angel ( Link to Original Post)

It was normal for Solal to read the newest research in the medical field, it was essentially his primary hobby. It was that day, reading papers in his quarters, that he came across a particularly interesting article, about using AI to diagnose patients. It caught his interest, there were quite a lot of applications he could think of. But there were questions he needed answers. How did it work? What kind of molecules could it find? What else would it be capable of? The author’s contact information was listed at the bottom of the paper. A fellow Starfleet officer, she was apparently a junior Lieutenant on the Ark Angel… a ship he hadn’t heard of before. He considered it for a while, before drafting a letter:

Dear Lt JG V’alura Belmont,

I am a Doctor aboard the USS Ogawa. [The letter went on to list his qualifications]. I have read and am rather interested in your research regarding the use of AI in the medical field. I believe it has potential to be a great tool, however I have some questions. How does this algorithm work? What kinds of molecules and processes can it predict? What else do you expect it to be able to do? I would be most interested to see this technology move forward. If this letter is unwanted, please disregard. Otherwise, I await your answer.

Sincerely,
Lt JG Solal, Immunology
[The letter contained an electronic signature.]

Solal gave it one more read over before sending it off, to reach the Ark Angel.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

Dear Lt JG Solal Segal,
Thank you for contacting me about my research, it is very much wanted. I am more than happy to answer your questions. Here are my answers in the order as asked: [A description of machine learning and how AI can “learn” through repeated experiences and then draw from those experiences and data banks to perform a long and complex series of calculations, resulting in the predictions], [all molecules at the cellular level and it could predict changes in immune responses, the advancement of infection and disease. Like the growth of cancerous cells or swelling]. With enough tests and “experience” the AI guiding the algorithm could one day predict how unknown disease may advance through a living body. By running the algorithm against well-documented biological responses, we could train it to predict lesser-known responses or even predict how and unknown disease will advance. The more we utilize the program and expose it to new responses, the better it will become.

If you are interested in helping me progress my research, I think we could help each other out. [An explanation of the next phase for the research, using current medical data and comparing it to the computer diagnosis and the diagnosis of the organic doctor.] With your assistance, we could begin testing the algorithm for future use in the field.

Sincerely,
Lt. JG. Belmont, CSO, USS Ark Angel
[Followed by V’alura’s electronic signature]

Lt JG V’alura Belmont, CSO , USS Ark Angel

The response arrived the next day. Solal did not see it until late, he had been working. Fantastic! She was trying to progress to the next level of trial. He read through her responses to his questions interestedly. Then, he wrote his reply:

Dear V’alura,
This research has promise in the medical field to predict and prevent illness, even as new diseases are discovered. I am very interested in the potential field applications, and it would be great to assist such a technology to reach the next stage of research. With your advice on what you need, we can begin planning.

Sincerely,
Lt JG Solal, Immunology

His letter was short, but it contained all the necessary information. He sent it off.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor

The response came the following day. V’alura’s letters were the opposite. Tending towards the informal and sometimes just a little rambling but otherwise well-written and organized.

Dear Solal,

Dropping my rank already? I’m teasing. To be honest I prefer the informal address. Formalities are nice and all but they’re so stuffy and stiff. Anyways, the first step of any good research is pre-research! Attached to this letter are several articles for you to read and familiarize yourself with. These articles will cover the basics of AI and the current models of AI medical assistance and diagnosis. I think it’s best to use the same methods used to test the current algorithms for a proper analysis of my new algorithm and where it shows improvement or falls short.

To begin the next phase of testing, we need permission to access the LCARS Medical Database, Research and Development Clearance Level 1. As a doctor, you will be able to make the request. And since it’s only a Level 1 clearance you won’t need to jump through hoops to get it. Like proving we’re not going to use the data for evil purposes or to expose personal information. Or worse, have to draft a formal request to the Starfleet Medical Board (I think that’s needed for any level higher than three) which could take months to be approved or rejected. Once we have permission we will be able to compile a database to train the AI algorithm, using privatized data from past medical cases.

If all goes well and the tests show the same effectiveness of the new algorithm as first proved by initial tests then we can advanced to the final stage of testing. But let’s not get too far ahead.

Awaiting your reply,
Lt. JG. Belmont, CSO
[Followed by V’alura’s electronic signature]
[Attached are several files of the promised information]

Lt JG V’alura Belmont, CSO , USS Ark Angel

Solal read the letter the next night. He saved the attached articles to read, it would take him a few days to make it through it all. He could apply for the required clearance after he read the material to make sure he knew what he was doing before they did anything too official. He began writing his reply, leaving the rank off as she said she preferred it that way:

Dear V’alura,

It will take me around three days to read through these articles. Thank you for the information. The required clearance shouldn’t pose any problems, and I plan to apply after I’ve read the background information you forwarded. I may be busy in the next few days. I will reply when I can.

Sincerely,
Lt JG Solal, Immunology
[His signature is included at the bottom]

He stuck with the same formal closing. Solal wasn’t very good with letters. At least they were easy to do formally. This scientist, junior Lieutenant V’alura was… not as formal. He wasn’t sure about her. But if she was a good scientist, and judging by her work she was, it didn’t matter what her personality was like.

~ Lt JG Solal, Doctor


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