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Is AI making the world a better place?

At AI Everything in Dubai on Wednesday, industry experts spoke about how to train AI to make the world a better place by leveraging it to combat global humanitarian issues.

 AI is helping us find new ways of thinking and finding new solutions to many current problems. It has been said that by 2030, AI might possibly help eradicate a majority of pressing global issues.

MEP Emma McClarkin spoke at the panel about the role of policy makers creating regulations pertaining to AI and the public’s mistrust towards AI.

“There is great fear. If you are ignorant about something and how it works, you fear it. It’s a natural thing. It’s a human reaction. We need to remember the human element of AI and that we can achieve that through education to take that fear factor away,” she said.

McClarkin believes that to use Ai responsibly, it is the responsibility of policy makers and scientists to understand AI better and educate AI better in an effort to resolve pressing problems.

With regards to healthcare however, there have been many discussions regarding how AI could optimize the health sector such as through cancer detection and more precise surgeries.

Kai Gait, Global Director Strategy at GSK, gave his insight on how AI could be used in healthcare. He deemed AI a “tremendously powerful and transformative” technology for medicine and healthcare, stating that it has great potential. With the help of AI, he believes, “medicine will come out of the dark ages”. He added, “It’s to the pharmaceutical industry to come up with products to support it.”

When asked about the challenges of AI within the healthcare industry, he stated that the biggest challenge with regards to health and AI is disclosing health information.

“It’s the privacy component.”

He added, “I think people will eventually begin to see the opportunity of how it could improve health in the future as well as disease protection and prevention, but for now, there’s still paranoia around how data would be used.”

McClarkin echoed Gait’s remarks on the issue and said, “This is a difficult issue, especially when it comes to data. We need to build trust in AI the panelists spoke about AI and crime.

Irakli Berdize, the UN’s head of the centre for AI and Robotics, referred to the matter as “cybercrime on steroids”.

Berdize divided the issue of crime into three key parts: Video manipulation, physical crime, and digital crime.

“Cyberspace attacks could be amplified with AI,” he said.

The use of AI could pose threats when it comes to crime. The panelists agreed that it was up to law enforcement itself to use AI to solve problems of criminal use and that it could be leveraged for daily use in the legal industry.

“I think we need to make it clear that industries are trying to innovate and harness this technology,” said McClarkin.

She strongly believes that the issue needs to be looked at from an ethical level whilst taking into consideration the environment.

The panelists gave some closing remarks on the prospect of  an AI-driven future.

“I’m excited about the connectivity it will bring us and how we can be more connected globally and how we can take advantage of trade globally,” said McClarkin.

Gait stated, “We live in a time where the world is changing rapidly. It is interesting to see how this technology can be used in healthcare and our evolution to live longer and healthier lives.”