From assisting medical research to decision making by public bodies, artificial intelligence and machine learning have had an enormous impact on our society - for better and worse. We take stock of the impact it has had on our world.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dominating the headlines, especially the latest generative AIs such as ChatGPT, that are seemingly capable enough to write and paint on their own. With all this hype, it’s easy to forget that AIs and other forms of automated analysis and decision making (which we’ll refer to as algorithms) are already shaping the world around us. Quietly so, in ways both big and small, for better and for worse.
If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with a stroke, AI may well have had a hand in that. 86% of NHS stroke treatment networks already have access to AI diagnosis technology. This tech can halve the time it takes to get diagnosed and treated. In June, the government announced a £21 million fund to support the use of AI in other areas of medicine, including the analysis of chest X-Rays.
“Artificial intelligence is already transforming the way we deliver healthcare and AI tools are already making a significant impact across the NHS in diagnosing conditions earlier, meaning people can be treated more quickly,” said Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay.
But… patient data and confidentiality is a sticking point, as Riddhiman Das, Chief Executive Officer of AI privacy technology company TripleBlind recently told the World Economic Forum. “Prioritising privacy and security are essential. All AI/machine learning solutions must uphold stringent privacy standards,” he said.