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Can AI detect & prevent pandemics in the future?
Just as we feel we are a puppet in the hands of forces beyond our control we are also in awe of Man’s powers of futuristic planning with the tremendous gifts of technological advancements. Man may not be an expert at handling the current pandemic but perhaps the invention of Artificial Intelligence by man can lead him to be forearmed in future, not to prevent diseases but to prevent pandemics as well.
As long as the world exists it will be plagued by diseases but with the help of AI perhaps he will not be caught unawares as it was with the coronavirus. Actually our smugness in the face of Nature’s fury was a foregone conclusion as was Man’s failure to handle it but in future our alertness to these things and our humbleness to take appropriate action at the right time using our very own weapon AI might be able to not just contain but prevent future pandemics. So man would do well to cash in on the opportunity and invest further in developing Artificial Intelligence’s potential to thwart epidemics.
While man was worrying about obesity and diabetes the virus sneaked into the immune system of man showing how unprepared we were to control a disease while concentrating upon nuclear warfare and controlling anti-Governmental activities all of which are also necessary but cannot be concentrated upon ignoring other impending dangers like epidemics that lurk at every corner. The mantra is to be alert to all possibilities and not just our economy or defence or on diseases that may not take pandemic proportions. With more and more use of AI in public health and in scientific research we will be able to see the world much more in control of itself and better coordination amongst nations to control epidemics of the future.