5 ways AI is doing good in the world right now

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content

  • With AI adoption on the rise, the technology is addressing a number of global challenges.
  • Artificial intelligence is being used to help crack down on illegal activities.
  • It is helping to tackle overfishing in our ocean.
  • And it is even being used to address the issue of gender imbalance.

In the wake of the pandemic, a growing number of businesses are speeding up plans to adopt AI and automation, according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020.

As humans and technology increasingly work together, here are five examples of the range of applications for artificial intelligence and where it might do good.

a graph showing AI is one of the top five technologies likely to be adopted by companies by 2025.
AI is one of the top five technologies likely to be adopted by companies by 2025. Image: World Economic Forum: Future of Jobs Report 2020

Closing the net on illegal fishing

Overfishing can deprive millions of people of their livelihood and billions of people of the food they need.

OceanMind is a UK-based organization fighting back against overfishing and illegal fishing using AI.

Pulling data from a variety of sources, including on-board collision-avoidance transmitters, radar and satellite imagery, and phone signals, OceanMind can track thousands of vessels around the world. Analyzing all that data, to ensure fishing craft are only operating in areas where they are allowed, is only possible thanks to AI and machine-learning algorithms.

When a ship is detected in waters where it isn’t licensed to operate, its location and details can be sent straight to local law enforcement or coast guard agencies to effect a timely intervention.

Tackling human trafficking

There could be as many as 45 million enslaved people around the world right now. Many of them will have been the victims of human trafficking, which is one of the most profitable criminal undertakings of our time.

The Global Emancipation Network (GEN) has joined forces with Accenture, Splunk (a data analytics platform) and Graphistry (which develops easy-to-read data visualizations) to create an AI-powered human-trafficking tool.

Called Artemis, it draws in data from sources such as business licenses, and public records like credit defaults and online reviews, among others. Then it identifies businesses and individuals, which it calculates to be those most likely to be involved in human trafficking. Artemis can send alerts to law enforcement agencies, triggering further investigations.

Fighting gender imbalance in the media

Ensuring a more equitable range of voices and faces in the media can only be achieved through an accurate assessment of where change is needed. That’s the view of Swiss multimedia publishing business Ringier, which is using AI to check the gender bias of its output.

The tool it has developed is called EqualVoice and it analyzes the balance of men and women that appear in the articles, features, and clips that appear across the publisher’s brands.

The tool tracks gender representation in headlines, photos and captions, as well as throughout the main body of published stories. A report from the World Association of News Publishers says some Ringier-owned titles have achieved a 50:50 female:male split in their readership and that its next goal is to improve gender parity in its newsrooms.

Helping diagnose cancer

Less than 20% of people diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus will live beyond five years, and it is one of the six less survivable cancers.

If caught early, the prognosis is encouraging – the cancer can be successfully treated in 90% of such cases. However, it is notoriously difficult to diagnose early, which contributes to the low survival rate.

Clinicians at the University College London Hospital in the UK, have been working with technologists to develop a tool for the early detection of oesophageal cancers. Called CADU, the AI-based tool analyzes images of the inside of a patient’s oesophagus – captured with a tiny camera lowered down a person’s throat by a physician.

As many as 25% of oesophageal cancers are not detected via traditional diagnosis. But CADU has been trained with many thousands of images showing cancerous tissue and is being used to spot the subtlest of early changes in real-time, while the endoscopic camera is in use.

these doctors are using an AI programme to assess for cancer of the oesophagus
Doctors using an AI programme to assess for cancer of the oesophagus. Image: Odin Vision/University College London

What is the World Economic Forum doing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The World Economic Forum was the first to draw the world’s attention to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the current period of unprecedented change driven by rapid technological advances. Policies, norms and regulations have not been able to keep up with the pace of innovation, creating a growing need to fill this gap.

The Forum established the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network in 2017 to ensure that new and emerging technologies will help—not harm—humanity in the future. Headquartered in San Francisco, the network launched centres in China, India and Japan in 2018 and is rapidly establishing locally-run Affiliate Centres in many countries around the world.World Economic Forum | Centre for the Fourth Industrial R…

The global network is working closely with partners from government, business, academia and civil society to co-design and pilot agile frameworks for governing new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, blockchain, data policy, digital trade, drones, internet of things (IoT), precision medicine and environmental innovations.

Learn more about the groundbreaking work that the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network is doing to prepare us for the future.

Want to help us shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Contact us to find out how you can become a member or partner.

Tracking and responding to COVID-19

AI systems had detected the outbreak of a new, previously unknown pneumonia-like illness in China well before the world realized it was in the midst of a pandemic.

AI-powered early warning systems for disease and infection draw in data from news sites and online sources of information to spot epidemiological patterns; they can then trigger alerts and help healthcare services get ready.

The power of AI has also been used to help assess the likely efficacy of specific drugs or treatments for COVID-19 symptoms.

Meanwhile, businesses including IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, are donating their cloud computing resources to enable research institutions to carry out high-performance computational calculations. This has even been mirrored by many private individuals who have joined the Folding@home initiative and made their personal computers available to help collaborative computing efforts take place in the push to manage the pandemic.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Work can be better post-COVID-19. Here’s what employers need to know

Want a more inclusive society? Start with mobility

A new leadership agenda for private equity

This is the IMF’s latest take on the economy in 2020

Tackling online piracy of live sporting events

7 of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are in India

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States

“At the Environment Assembly citizens expect clean, not hot air”, the Head of UN Environment in Europe underscores in a Sting Exclusive

Security Council condemns attacks on Afghan security forces which killed at least 27

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

What is digital equality? An interview with Nanjira Sambuli

Recreational cannabis poses ‘significant’ health challenges to youth: drugs control body

WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug with potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth

European Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal rules

Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19

International Day of Democracy: Joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Dubravka Šuica

Ten years on, crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; UN and humanitarian partners urge support for millions still affected

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022: improving long-term sustainability of stocks

Peru should help more young vulnerable people into work

Why schools should teach the curriculum of the future, not the past

European Commission honours winners of EU Product Safety Award

90% of fish stocks are used up – fisheries subsidies must stop

Deutsche Bank slammed by the US-based trio of IMF, Fed and Moody’s

What will higher education in Africa look like after COVID-19?

State aid: Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit

Act now to end violence, Zeid urges Nicaraguan authorities

Here’s how businesses can make the circular economy a reality

UN chief hopes for new agreement after Israel concludes international observation mission

Universal Health Coverage will ‘drive progress’ on 2030 Development Agenda

Is there a de facto impossibility for the Brexit to kick-start?

The four top Americans who flew to Europe perplexed things about Trump’s intentions

EU Cohesion Policy invests over €1.4 billion in green projects in 7 Member States

Facebook wins EU approval for WhatsApp acquisition; just a sign of the times

COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of higher education

Mental health: fighting the hidden pandemic

What are the real debates surrounding immigration in an increasingly globalized world?

The EU threatens to impose extra import duties on Chinese products

Earth has more trees than it did 35 years ago – but there’s a huge catch

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, say MEPs

4 key steps towards a circular economy

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management

European Youth Event 2021 kicks off

The pandemic’s effects on US jobs in charts

Parliament compromises on Banking Union but sends market abusers to jail

Towards a seamless internal EU market for industrial goods

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

The historic accomplishment of a seamless EU patent and intellectual property space

MEPs approve deal on tap water and demand that EU water legislation be respected

Climate change will force us to redefine economic growth

Eurovignette: provisional deal on new road haulage charging rules

Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

Tackling the Gender Gap in Medicine Requires Tackling the Gender Gap in Burnout

The movement of anti-vaccers: taking humanity back 200 years

Medicine and mental health: relax, the doctor is a lifelong learner

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

New skills needed for medical students in Industry 4.0

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: