Artificial intelligence leads to great risks, lost jobs and discomfort. During discussions of AI during the Almedals week, the focus was almost always negative, even though it is a technology that has the potential to save millions of lives and improve the quality of life for many more.
People have a lot of concerns over artificial intelligence. Many of these relate to ethics, morals and problematizing. How will it be when AI takes all our jobs? And when the technology becomes completely superior to us, will it regard us with the same interest as we consider a bog stack located in the middle of a highway building? Debaters are amazed and there are dangers around every corner, and they believe that the development should take place in snail’s speed with the utmost care. If there is a development at all, that is, some want to see a total stop.
AI is extremely powerful and there are good reasons to keep an eye on the risks, but the possibilities are extremely much greater. What happened on almost every scene in the Almedalen where the topic came up was the total stop immediately.
Artificial intelligence – examples of applications
Every day, 3287 people die in traffic in the world. There are almost 1.25 million people every year and another 20-50 million are injured or become disabled. An overwhelming majority of all accidents depend on the human factor. Self-driving cars, where artificial intelligence drives the car, have the potential to save millions of lives. If we are serious about having a zero vision in traffic, the rapid further development of this technology is absolutely crucial.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the world. In 2018, an estimated 9.6 million people died in the suites of some form of cancer. An early and accurate diagnosis is crucial to whether or not you survive. Exactly this is something AI is extremely well adapted to handle. Already today, the healthcare uses AI for diagnostics, including X-rays, but costs must fall so that everyone has access to an early screening of our most common cancers. So we save millions of lives.
As we grow older, the risk of brain disease is also increasing. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, ADI, a person is diagnosed with a disease every three seconds. In total, there are 46.8 million people in the world and in the last twenty years we have seen a doubling of the number of people affected in the world. Here, too, artificial intelligence and rapid technological development have a key role to play.
Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease use Hewlett Packard Enterprises technology to gain new insights about Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis is absolutely crucial, but the technology also means that researchers are closer than ever to understanding what the disease is due to. Once again, it is about being able to save millions of lives and many more who can have a significantly better life thanks to technology.
Especially in the long run, there are risks with AI and it’s not about being naive and ignoring them. Instead, it is about seeing and taking advantage of the opportunities that technology provides, and then we look at what risks and obstacles we need to deal with on the road. So we create a much more interesting discussion about AI going forward. So we can save millions of lives and create a better life for all of us with the help of artificial intelligence.