Five ways AI can improve lives - Microsoft

April 09, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Microsoft: 5 reasons to embrace AI
Technology giant Microsoft says we should embrace, not fear, artificial intelligence (AI), and offers five practical ways AI can improve people's lives.

AI is a powerful automation tool designed to augment what people can do, says the company, and to take advantage of this technology, everyone should have a good understanding of its capabilities. Most Americans (85%) already use applications that are powered by AI, including applications like smart assistants, song recommendations from music streaming services, and email spam filters.

Here, says the company, are five practical ways AI can improve people's lives:

  1. AI can better our health - The current COVID-19 pandemic is top of mind for everyone, and health care is an area where AI can make a real impact. Already, AI diagnostics can cheaply diagnose a whole range of illnesses with clinical accuracy. As the sensors in our phones, watches and other devices that we carry and wear become less expensive, more common and more capable, and as AI advances, it's not a science-fictional thought to imagine a world in which everyone has access to a virtual doctor who can tell when you're getting sick before you know you are. Imagine if a virtual doctor could then either prescribe a course of action autonomously or refer you to a medical professional when your illness is beyond the ability of the AI to help.
  2. AI can help seniors be self-sufficient longer - Autonomous delivery bots can help elderly folks live self-sufficient and independent lives longer by delivering medicine, groceries and other necessities right to their front door. And in a crisis, including the current COVID-19 situation, autonomous delivery bots could bring vital goods to seniors so they don't have to endanger their well-being by going to grocery stores or pharmacies.
  3. AI can empower people with disabilities - AI can help the more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world by enabling computers to hear, see and reason with impressive accuracy. For example, an app called Seeing AI empowers individuals with visual impairment by describing people, objects and text

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