A new study by TheNextMinds in UK shows how AI can help on fighting pandemics.

We all know that, in the very near future, by the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and IOT’s wearable devices or even body implants, the whole world will give up this old fashion ways of doing home measures, writing them down and then emailing to the surgery.

This recent Covid-19 will be a factor to convince most of us to be willing to have authorities to monitor our body for health reasons.

TheNextMinds.com, a new AI start up, is committed to having AI serve the social good, and the new issues arising from the spread of Covid-19 in the world has become an important part of their work.

AI is so present and close to our body already and will be even more inside, out and around of our body. While monitoring our bodies all other relevant information from the environment starting from what we access to as food, our diet, the weather, the traffic, working hours, interpersonal relations and connections, our level of stress etc. will also be monitored.

While this will open ways to ‘a digital autocracy’ we will all be willing to give in as this will also help with issues such as pandemics.

Here is a summary of core AI activities for managing pandemics:

AI can help identify the degree and severity of risks of infectious diseases globally, enabling responsible organizations to perform better to protect public health.

AI can be used before, during and after a pandemic through monitoring numerous pathogens, symptoms and syndromes through gathering and analyzing data from official sources, scientific articles, social media in numerous languages in numerous locations.

AI can be used with non-disease but relevant diverse data such as existing and available travel data in its all forms, past and real-time climate and weather conditions, biological data, especially from animals and insects, and social, economic and demographic data from countries and communities.

AI can be used in intelligent organization of managing pandemics through optimal and precise prioritization, capacity management, resource allocation of supplies and health workers, coordination and communication using prediction and classification.

AI can be used in health centers and labs for vaccine and treatment discovery, image recognition of x-rays, symptoms and treatment match, and resource planning and scheduling, patient monitoring and predicting potential patients.

As AI uses diverse data from various sources and also personal data from the members of the society, it should be designed and used responsibly with high concerns for security, privacy, human rights and ethics governed by commonly agreed regulations for AI to serve the overall social good for humanity.

In all of these, an extremely critical issue is related to design and use of ethical and responsible AI systems that are being used at present in responding to Covid-19 internationally.

The study was written by Prof. Ibrahim Kushchu

For mor info and access on the whole study , please visit: www.thenextminds.com

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