Whilst artificial intelligence offers lots of exciting opportunities, Ivana Bartoletti explains why it is crucial we govern its potential dangers
In medicine, diseases can be detected at a much earlier stage, and we can support the elderly to live a more independent life, simply by identifying deviations from their usual behaviour and body movements.
The UK Government recently announced that AI could help the National Health Service predict those in an early stage of cancer, to ultimately prevent thousands of cancer-related deaths by 2033. The algorithms will examine medical records, habits and genetic information pooled from health charities, the NHS and AI. Virtual nurses could transform patient care, being available round the clock to answer questions, monitor patients and provide quick answers.
Beyond healthcare, AI could inform a better allocation of resources in energy, logistics and transport, as well as support the digital advertising industry with more efficient marketing. Automated cars could, potentially, help us increase safety and reduce air pollution. AI systems could assist the fight against cybercrime and offer solutions to crucial issues of our time, such as online manipulation and hate crime, by spotting these faster than a human would.
There is little doubt that the fast pace of technological development is exciting and promising, and we should cherish it.
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