A lot has been said about how advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could make life a lot worse. From replacing humans in the workforce and even in relationships, AI is set to change the world. Here, we’ll take a look at the main positive outcomes this technology also has in store.
Never Drive Again
Although not quite ready yet, autonomous vehicles have been coming for quite some time now. In fact, Google begun test-driving them as early as in 2012. And things have come a long way since. Earlier on this month, Embark announced its first self-driving truck had completed a trip from California to Florida. Experts say that autonomous vehicles should become available within the next 2-3 years.
Precision medicine is just one of AI’s applications in healthcare. Often, different treatments to diseases work better depending on a person’s genes, environment and lifestyle. An emerging approach for treating and preventing disease, it works by looking at an individual’s unique genetic makeup, environment and lifestyle to decide on the best treatment or preventative strategy. Usually a complex analysis, AI will be used to do this, giving doctors a higher degree of certainty to quickly decide which treatment and preventative strategies are best. Think of it like a really personalised medical treatment.
Cybersecurity is becoming a bigger and bigger issue. Just think of recent hacks to cryptocurrency exchanges seeing millions of dollars lost and its influence in political results in countries like the US. AI tools will help increase effectiveness and reduce costs of cybersecurity operations. And already some companies are putting the technology to use. Secureworks for example uses AI’s predictive capabilities to identify malicious patterns and preempt security breaches. Meanwhile, SiftScience and Deep Instinct use it for fraud preventions and to secure smartphones and laptops.
To conclude, whether we like it or not, AI is set to disrupt many world industries. And although we should not ignore the potential negative impacts it could have, it’s just as important to focus on its positive impacts from saving us time to keeping us healthier and safer.