Why I’m Thankful for AI

November 14, 2018 Sridhar Sudarsan

As I reflect on what I’m thankful for this month, AI algorithms may seem an unlikely choice. However, AI has found a home in our daily lives, our homes, and our workplace—as it continues to scale and make a positive impact in the world. Here are 3 reasons to be thankful for AI and its potential to drive transformative change.

Safety:

Artificial intelligence keep us safe online and in the real world. Companies use AI to protect healthcare records, secure financial transactions, and detect digital weak spots before hackers. In the industrial workplace, AI can also identify patterns that lead to accidents and automate dangerous manual tasks.

Statistic: AI could prevent 3,450 deadly workplace accidents by 2030. [Forbes]

Efficiency:

AI has been a game changer in improving efficiency and fueling productivity. It has led to increased agility across supply chains, from warehouse automation and distribution to more accurate demand forecasting. For road warriors, AI fuels more pleasant journeys with algorithms that reduce flight delays through optimized maintenance.

Statistic: AI will boost labor productivity by up to 40% [Accenture]

Personalization:

Technology can now handle personalization that accounts for the differences between individuals, at a scale of billions of people. AI is driving transformational change in healthcare, as the backbone of precision medicine: disease treatment and prevention that takes into account variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.

Statistic: AI can cut medical treatment costs by 50%, and improve outcomes. (Frost & Sullivan)

Technological progress is all about letting people do the things they want to do better and in a safer way. Every day, more of our world is optimized through AI. For this, it warrants our gratitude and thanks.

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