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Coworking with Joshua Miller

He’s the CEO of Gradient Health.
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Illustration: Francis Scialabba; Photo: Joshua Miller

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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?

I run a team at Gradient Health that works on putting together labeled datasets for healthcare. The easiest way to think about it is like this: In order to build software that can do stuff like help a doctor diagnose patients, you need to show that software a bunch of examples of what different diseases look like for it to learn from. Our job is to put together those examples.

What’s your favorite emerging tech project you’ve worked on?

One of the most important parts of building good medical AI is to make sure you have diverse data, which can be hard to come by. In order to build global datasets that represent patients around the world, you need to make sure you get datasets from every region possible. One of the coolest things we’ve put together is a network to get data from countries around Africa—a lot of the data gets shipped by thumb drive via DHL!

What emerging tech are you most optimistic about? Least? And why?

As weird as it is to say it, I’m both most excited and least excited by healthcare AI. I love the idea of making diagnostics cheaper and more available, which I think AI is a critical piece of. On the other hand, we can also accidentally make healthcare less equitable if the AI is only trained on a small, non-representative portion of the population.

What’s the best piece of tech-related media you’ve read/watched/listened to?

I’m a huge fan of Nikhil Krishnan’s Out-of-Pocket newsletter!

One thing we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?

I worked on a chicken farm in high school, and made the mistake of naming all of the chickens.

What do you think about when you’re not thinking about tech?

I think a lot about my team—we’ve got a really goofy/fun bunch of folks, and I like to think about how we develop a good team culture.

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