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How is AI being used for the benefit of Humanity?

  • Ashesh Anand
  • Feb 01, 2022
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving in many "human" tasks, ranging from AI in disease diagnosis, AI in language learning, and AI in customer service. This has led to legitimate concerns that AI would eventually supplant human jobs across the industry. 

 

But that isn't the only or even most plausible scenario. Never before have digital tools, or we, been so responsive to them. While AI will change the way work is done and who does it, it will have a greater impact on complementing and augmenting human capabilities rather than replacing them.

 

AI and AI applications appear to be quite complex. To break the ice, let's simplify things and have a better understanding of this new era of artificial intelligence and algorithms. In its most basic form, AI is a science that is programmed to mimic the way a human thinks. 

 

Algorithms, on the other hand, are a set of rules or guidelines that should be followed when performing computational tasks. Understanding the fundamentals will help us better understand the material.

 

 

What Role is AI playing for Humanity?

 

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) enables businesses, governments, and communities to create a high-performing ecosystem that can service the entire planet. Its significant impact on human lives is resolving some of society's most pressing issues. Here are a handful of the most notable advancements for social concerns:


 

  1. Renewable Energy Generation and Optimisation

 

The renewable energy market has been considerably revolutionized by AI in conjunction with other technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data analytics. 

 

AI systems can use meteorological data and sensors to optimize, anticipate, and regulate energy consumption in a variety of industries. Accurate AI-based predictions lead to enhanced dispatch efficiency and a reduction in the number of operating reserves required.

 

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  1. Providing Assistance to People with Disabilities

 

People with disabilities who live freely have also benefited from AI. One of the key accomplishments is voice-assisted AI, which is very beneficial to the visually challenged. It enables people to use smart devices to communicate with others and to explain their surroundings. For persons with disabilities, tools like this can be quite beneficial in conquering daily challenges.

 

(Read more about How AI improves Accessibility for People with Disabilities)
 

 

  1. Development of New Drugs 

 

AI applications in the healthcare business, like medication discovery and development, are ripe for disruption. By using a massive amount of data, AI and machine learning have been utilized to find promising compounds. Pharmaceutical companies utilize predictive analytics to find these chemical candidates and then iterate on them numerous times to find the optimal one for drug production.

 

 

  1. Reporting of Sexual Harassment

 

Gender-based violence, child sex abuse, and other forms of abuse can now be reported using AI. Internal communications, such as company documents, emails, and chats, are being monitored for inappropriate material by AI systems. 

 

Various programs and platforms have been developed to assist victims in sharing their sexual harassment and abuse experiences, as well as the time and location in which they occurred.
 

 

  1. Fighting Against Human Trafficking

 

Human trafficking is a crime against humanity that poses a severe threat to global security. Ads on the internet are frequently used by traffickers to entice potential victims. 

 

To search and assess dubious adverts, AI technologies and computer vision algorithms collect photos from various websites utilized by traffickers and categorize things in images. These programs also scan data from adverts and websites to identify possible human trafficking victims and inform police before the crime occurs.

 

 

  1. National defense

 

In terms of national defense, AI plays a significant role. The US military is using AI as part of Project Maven to "sift through the huge troves of data and video recorded by surveillance and then warn human analysts of trends or anomalous or suspicious conduct."

 

The big data analytics associated with AI will have a significant impact on intelligence analysis, as enormous volumes of data will be sifted in near real-time—if not in real-time—providing commanders and their staff with a degree of intelligence analysis and productivity previously unknown. 

 

Human commanders will delegate certain regular, and in unusual cases, crucial choices to AI platforms, decreasing the time involved with the decision and subsequent action by a significant amount. In the end, combat is a race against time, and the side that can make the fastest decisions and execute them first will usually win. 

 

AI systems, when linked to AI-assisted command and control systems, may advance decision support and decision making at a rate far faster than traditional warfighting methods. 

 

This process will be so quick, especially if it is combined with automatic decisions to deploy AI autonomous weapons systems capable of fatal results, that a new name, hyper war, has been coined to describe the pace at which war would be waged.


 

We offer nine measures for moving forward to attain AI's benefits

 

  1. Encourage researchers to have more access to data without jeopardizing users' privacy.

  2. Increase funding for unclassified AI research by the government.

  3. Encourage the creation of new models of digital education and AI workforce development to ensure that employees have the skills required in the twenty-first-century economy.

  4. Form an AI advisory body at the federal level to provide policy recommendations.

  5. Work with state and local leaders to ensure that successful policies are implemented.

  6. Rather than individual algorithms, regulate fundamental AI principles.

  7. Take bias accusations seriously so that AI data and algorithms do not repeat historical injustice, unfairness, or discrimination.

  8. Maintain human monitoring and control systems, as well as penalties for bad AI conduct and cybersecurity.


 

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Conclusion

 

AI has immense potential to benefit society, allowing humans to experience more radical advances in the future. To recap, AI and data analytics are on the verge of changing numerous industries throughout the world. 

 

Significant deployments have already changed decision-making, business models, risk mitigation, and system performance in banking, national security, health care, criminal justice, transportation, and smart cities. These changes are bringing significant economic and social benefits.

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