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AI helps during Covid-19

Posted: 25 February 2021
Author: Lauren Calver

AI is one of the largest technology surges of our time, with the most potential to transform industries. Over the last few years, I have worked with and seen it massively grow within sectors across finance, healthcare, education, automotive and retail.

One prime example where we have seen AI really make an impact is with the recent pandemic and tackling a way to prevent, detect and cure Covid-19.

It was an AI company called BlueDot that developed an AI program that alerted the world to coronavirus after the first case was detected in China on December 31st 2019 and the risks that it may pose.

A few months later, with the help of AI, contact-tracing apps were created to track and flag potential people who were carrying the virus or had been in contact with the virus to help them isolate to stop the spread.

There are also now multiple AI devices for chest screening that can detect lung abnormalities in a chest X-ray scan which provides a Covid-19 risk evaluation much faster than human radiologists. Again, to stop the spread we are using AI powered drones/robots to help with contactless deliveries. The list continues…

These are just a handful of examples of where AI has helped to speed up the roadmap to restrictions being eased and being back to a normal life.

Some days I think, what will AI be able to do next? I think in the months/years to come we will see a huge increase within AI to help continue remote working. I think a lot of this will come through the use of Conversational AI and improving transcription and video calls. I also think Conversational AI will play a huge part in gaming moving forward where characters within will learn how you play to make the game a bespoke to all.

Furthermore, I see AI making a huge impact on helping the planet. I am currently working with companies that are helping reduce air pollution and I love to think I am playing a part in helping them grow and build to do so.

I am hoping with the publicity from David Attenborough and his Earthshot Prize we will see more emerging technology companies within this space in general.

Lastly, when the pandemic is over (finally)! I think we will continue to see AI become much more prominent within our healthcare systems. I think it will be interesting to see the AI implemented throughout Covid-19 and how it can be applied to future health service needs. Watch this space!

These are just a handful of examples of where AI has helped to speed up the roadmap to restrictions being eased and being back to a normal life.

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