5 Ways AI is Making the World Better
Posted on 2017-06-13 by Sean Williamson
Everyone knows that the Internet has improved our lives in numerous ways. Whether it be for communication, research or even entertainment and gaming, the World Wide Web has made life easier, brought people closer together and created a whole new way to interact and share information. Artificial intelligence can be linked to very similar parallels, especially considering the most recent scientific advances in AI that could begin to improve our lives much sooner than we think.
Unfortunately, AI often has negative connotations, with many worried that bots could eventually reduce the number of jobs available to humans. However, there are also many aspects to AI that are inherently positive, which might just balance out these concerns in the face of how much good the technology could bring to society.
From being able to perform surgery to diagnosing diseases using advanced algorithms, AI’s applications in the healthcare field are boundless. Companies like Babylon Health have even developed smartphone apps that use AI to offer diagnostics and advice for a variety of ailments, all based on your medical history.
AI can help to spot patterns in massive amounts of genetic data to predict how a cell could react to DNA alterations, and Deep Genomics is hoping that their AU application could soon begin saving lives by assessing patients’ genomes, biological markers, and creating customised treatment plans based on their individual genetic makeup.
Saving Endangered Species
Elephant and rhino poaching are still rife, and AI company Neurala may have a solution; machine learning paired with drones and cameras to combat poachers. The company is currently helping the Lindbergh Foundation to track and predict at-risk animals’ paths and those of their poachers, which could save some species that are currently on the brink of extinction.
Neurala’s software can even identify wildlife and poachers, and will find relevant information by real-time scanning terabytes of video taken by drones. Once the software learns an animal it will instantly recognise it, making it a vital tool in the future’s environmental welfare.
Revolutionising Disability Care
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s first ever virtual Assistant, Nadia, has been providing better service to the NDIA’s participants since February. IBM’s Watson cognitive intelligence platform is behind Nadia’s design, with the company aiming to recreate human-like interaction through streaming technology and real time responses from the bot.
Nadia will be able to speak with disabled scheme members in 32 languages, and could provide life-changing assistance for those who cannot make use of the traditional typing-style AI messenger bots currently on the market due to physical or mental disabilities.
Assisting In The Betterment Of Communities
AI’s ability to deduce patterns from huge amounts of data has an infinite number of applications. However, in a broader sense of community improvement, the technology could help to pinpoint areas of almost any structure, system or area that needs attention.
A great example would be the use of AI in helping a charitable agency or donator to spot local communities that are most in need of assistance through aerial footage analysis. AI could also be used in social work cases, environmental impact assessments, and many other day-to-day social areas that could be improved with early intervention and predictive data.
Personal Safety, Security, and General Care
AI’s applications are being extended way past asking a bot where to have lunch or when the next bus is leaving. Intelligent home AI software may be able to improve lives on a daily, individual basis, by enabling and motivating people to comply with their medical advice, choose safe products, avoid risky behaviour, study regularly, and even offering reminders to take medications regularly.
This application of AI is highly individualised, and can improve lives at the most fundamental level as it learns more about us and our individual needs, desires and preferences.