HOW AI CAN HELP PEOPLE WITH SERVICES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN AVAILABLE OR AFFORDABLE BEFORE

THEODORE
Wait, you read a whole book in the second that I asked what your name was?
SAMANTHA
In two one hundredths of a second actually.
[HER by Spike Jonze, 2013]

Like a true virtuoso, AI effortlessly handles data at far speedier rates than humans, dramatically increasing efficiency. Making services that are just a click away, far easier on the wallet. So, rip up those images of bored workers slumped over desks, ploughing through quagmires of data at slow and costly rates. AI intervention is releasing people from time-consuming tasks that are, let’s face it, interminably dull.

‘But won’t that mean loss of jobs?’ I hear you cry. Well, yes BUT it’ll spawn new jobs, by prompting people to think outside the box to create services powered by AI. If a 19 year-old can design a successful and free AI lawyer that appeals parking tickets, then surely there’s a job for you if you think creatively.

It’s all about programming artificial intelligence to be on our side. As man’s ally, AI fights on the front line of climate change, collecting valuable data on greenhouse gases. While pilots steer aircraft deftly out of life-threatening storms as a result of its spot-on weather predictions.

And it doesn’t have to cost the earth! Handled wisely, AI can unlock crucial services for the world’s poor. Just look up, as drones buzz in the skies sowing seeds and spraying pesticides, preventing death from crop losses.

As the planet staggers to cope with 7.5 billion people, global healthcare services buckle under the sheer weight of cost and demand. But wait for it…. AI can change that.

Analyzing patient histories, AI leads the charge in creating personalized health programmes. Gone, are nightmarish struggles with complex prescription regimes. Instead, individualized drug treatments that target disease more precisely. Healthcare now nestles in your pocket, as smartphones monitor whether you’re taking the right medication at the right time. And, who would’ve thought google software that learned to differentiate between images of cats and dogs could now accurately spot skin melanomas! (With some ingenious coding tweaks of course!)

Using artificial intelligence to help diagnose skin cancer is very interesting, as it could support assessments by GPs and dermatologists.
Dr JANA WITT
Cancer Research UK

It’s not just about saving lives but making lives easier. AI can stop you from chucking your iPad out of the window after wasting hours shopping online and finding nothing. How? By personalizing the experience! It sorts through spending habits, learns your style and then picks a refined selection of ideal choices. Perfect!

Bid farewell to fumbling for your door key at night. Now, lights come on and doors unlock through voice recognition. This is the natural way to connect with a computer: speaking to it. Especially if you have disabilities that prevent you using the old-school keyboard and mouse.

So meet Nadia, the virtual assistant who improves user experience between man and machine with her warm voice, human features and emotionally intelligent capabilities that imitate the brain to the point of realism. Nadia opens the door to humanizing artificial intelligence. What wouldn’t be more useful than a friendly avatar working with special needs or indeed a multi-lingual AI helping out travelers at airports around the world?

So let’s not leap blindly into the dystopian abyss of fearing AI as a threat to humanity just yet. We can work together to make services easier and more affordable. So embrace the change and be prepared to be surprised by how effortlessly AI enriches our everyday lives.

That’s why we created technology, to do things we couldn’t otherwise do.
RAY KURTWEIL
Computer Scientist/Futurist