How AI is making a positive difference in the COVID-19 pandemic?

The novel coronavirus has consumed most all of the world, on personal and professional levels. It is scary and paralizing and… innovations are making it easier to handle the many obstacles and difficulties that accompany the COVID-19 pandemic. Artificial intelligence (AI) in particular is having a positive impact.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI has different definitions, depending who you ask about it. While some professionals might say something is not truly AI, others might say otherwise. A universal feature, though, is that AI applies intelligence to tasks that typically go beyond human capabilities.

Common uses of AI are virtual assistants, such as “Alexa” from Amazon and Gmail’s ability to spot spam in emails by looking for patterns that signal an untrustworthy source. Both of these examples use machine learning. An exciting innovation is also AI-enabled machine vision systems, which is fast-forwarding smart manufacturing and more.

Uses of AI during COVID-19

There is a growing body of research on the corona virus, and the data pool is growing beyond what humans can handle. AI can handle big data with ease, which is one of the ways that it is helping handle the pandemic.

Healthcare chatbots

It’s understandable that healthcare systems have been overwhelmed lately. To help alleviate some of the burden from call centers, many organizations, including the WHO and CDC, are adding virtual healthcare assistants or “chatbots” to their websites.

These assistants can answer questions, provide informative updates, check for symptoms, and advise where to go for a screening or home-isolation. The AI language processing features can potentially reduce urgent care visits significantly, as well as reducing anxiety by providing factual, up-to-date information on the virus.

Smart drones and robots

Drones are becoming increasingly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their uses include tracking people not wearing facemasks in public spaces, as well as deploying medical samples in a particular area. Intelligent robots are also having a positive impact, from sterilizing isolation wings in hospitals to delivering food and other essentials to those who are in quarentine.

It’s no wonder manufacturers are creating and deploying a growing number of intelligent drones and robots during this time.

AI in the workforce

The positive impact expands beyond applications solely related to the coronavirus. There is no doubt that aritificial intelligence will continue to have a dramatic effect on healthcare, for example. AI systems can help detect tumors in X-rays, for instance. lt can also spot genetic sequences related to diseases.

In other workplaces, the technology is sure to transform them in many ways. For example, AI can improve the hiring process by sifting through huge numbers of resumes and sorting them by the best talent for the job vacancy. AI can assess individuals by their skills and predict how well they would fit within the company culture.

Measuring in machine vision can also confirm the accuracy of parts and components, without needing to be manually done. Get reliable measurement, such as the roundness of metal parts or the center coordinates of circular components, for excellent accuracy at extremely high speeds.

Final words on artificial intelligence

The capabilities of AI are sure to continue to improve and the applications will expand accordingly. From office environments to manufacturing facilities, there are many areas where artificial intelligence is already proving helpful.

The sophisticated technology is helping in many ways with the COVID-19 pandemic. I am thankful for it!

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