We live in an increasingly automated world, and the digital revolution has produced artificial intelligence to assist us in many tasks. While some people think of AI as robots that take away jobs and one day become self-aware, the truth is that it helps run our business and even makes the world a little safer.
AI is implemented in many industries, including transportation, healthcare and finance, and it revolutionizes our lives. Guess what else AI can do? It can save lives. As technology develops, it will be used to make our world a safer place and work alongside us for the betterment of society.
Let’s learn more about how AI can save lives.
AI Threat Detection
We live in a dangerous world with the potential for violence to break out anywhere. This is especially problematic at large venues and public events with a concentrated amount of people. It is difficult to monitor and screen people using security personnel because they can’t be everywhere and watch everyone.
AI threat detection technologies are available to mitigate the threat and even eliminate it in some cases by using several technologies working in harmony together. For example, AI video surveillance is implemented to monitor venues 24/7 and give better situational awareness and real-time facial recognition. The footage can be matched to a database for identification. It also detects abnormal and aggressive behaviour and can alert security before a violent event occurs.
Additionally, using gateway screening is effective for a non-intrusive scanning of weapons like guns and knives, IED components and other dangerous goods. These pathways allow for the free movement of people into events and buildings without being alerted so security can apprehend a threat before they are aware.
Biometric scanning is another technological solution. At all entry points, better access control is achieved through biometric scanning. This eliminates the need for FOBs and key cards that may be lost or stolen. When there is a threat, doors can remain locked, and areas can even be locked down and secured.
Vehicle-related accidents account for millions of deaths annually; many casualties are pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users. Problems on the road include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
These and other hazards exist because of human error, but there are automated vehicles that help take those dangers out of the equation. These vehicles still need input from a human inside but are programmed to warn you of hazards and any risk of an accident and even take action to avoid it.
Autonomous vehicles are being tested worldwide, and they function beyond the electro-mechanical. Self-driving cars operate by sensing their environment and anticipate what is coming ahead using sensors that gather data in real-time.
With all this information being processed, an autonomous vehicle can identify objects and make decisions based on what it sees to enhance safety for passengers and others on the road without input from a human passenger.
Humans get sick and require medical intervention through diagnosis and treatment from a health professional like a doctor. Unfortunately, clinics and hospitals are overwhelmed and long waiting times are commonplace, worsening conditions. Incorrect and delayed diagnosis accounts for millions of deaths per year worldwide, but AI is being implemented to turn the tide.
AI is used in many areas of healthcare. For instance, it helps with efficient diagnosis. Algorithms assist in medical imaging like MRI and CT to identify various diseases. It also analyses test results and medical history to support and inform doctors for more rapid treatment.
Similarly, AI helps segregate injured people to get rapid assistance to those who need it first. This is done by sorting information from data and voice recordings, which can then be transmitted to emergency teams to treat patients.
AI is also an excellent virtual medical assistant. When treating patients, AI is implemented to record and transcribe conversations that doctors have and can generate prescriptions based on those interviews. It is also capable of helping with a diagnosis, recommending various treatments and follow-up appointments based on the data it receives.
Other areas AI aids the medical industry is through resource management of records, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. It can also monitor health conditions and alert caregivers when a patient’s condition changes or worsens. This is effective at home and in intensive care units for at-risk and critical care patients.
Stop Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that affects millions of victims worldwide through forced labour, sexual slavery and sexual exploitation. It is overwhelming to investigate online data, but with the help of artificial intelligence, this can be done at a much faster speed and efficiency.
AI collects and processes data at and extremely high rate while identifying patterns and uses recognition software to target criminals and victims. It also can identify high-risk locations to better direct law enforcement in their coordinated efforts to find and rescue victims and catch traffickers while uncovering their global networks.