Col. Inderjeet Singh, Cyber Security Expert, Director General, Cyber Security Association of India explains the importance of Artificial intelligence (AI) in combating COVID-19. It has, in a short period of time, emerged as one of the biggest challenges to face the 21st-century world.
Delhi: Col. Inderjeet Singh talks about how Coronavirus’s rapid spread and global impacts have made people across the globe feel helpless and scared in the manner as it has escalated beyond proportion and forced them to change many aspects of their everyday lives. It is clear that the world needs a quick and safe vaccine right now to combat the further spread of the Coronavirus.
What would be the greatest response to this health concern in that case? The hazy areas around the virus itself, in terms of its dissemination and how to treat it, further complicate the approach to this problem. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have a role in this. With advancements in Artificial Intelligence applications, speech recognition, data analytics, machine learning, and deep learning, chatbots and face recognition are rapidly developing, which may be used not only for diagnosis and telemedicine but also for contact tracking and vaccine development. Artificial Intelligence has undoubtedly contributed to COVID-19’s predictive analytics and helped to mitigate its harshest consequences.
Artificial Intelligence has the capability of providing day-to-day updates on the patients and also provides a Speedier Way to Handle Contact Tracing.
- Contact tracing is an effective way to slow COVID-19.
- It involves getting in touch with a person’s close contacts after that particular individual tests positive for the virus and asks them to self-isolate. Contact tracing could be time-consuming, although it’s getting easier as more people take social distancing seriously.
- Artificial Intelligence can help analyze the level of infection by this virus by identifying the clusters and ‘hot spots and can successfully do the contact tracing of the individuals and also constantly monitor them.
- It can predict the future course of this virus and its likely reappearance.
Artificial Intelligence with the help of real-time data analysis can provide updated information which is helpful in the prevention of this COVID-19
- It can be used to predict the probable sites of infection, the influx of the virus, the need for beds, and healthcare professionals during this crisis.
- Artificial Intelligence is helpful for future virus and disease prevention, with the help of previous mentored data over data prevalent at different times.
Col. Inderjeet says: “It identifies traits, causes, and reasons for the spread of infection. In the future, this will become an important technology to fight against other epidemics and pandemics. It can provide a preventive measure and fight against many other diseases. In the future, Artificial Intelligence will play a vital role in providing more predictive and preventive healthcare.”
There is little question that timely access to trustworthy data is critical to the proper administration of COVID-19. When large data is integrated with Artificial Intelligence, it becomes a powerful decision-making tool that may help prevent the spread of illness and mitigate its repercussions.
Although it is critical to keep Artificial Intelligence in the context of a decision-support tool rather than a decision-making process, the value of AI for decision support is now more widely recognised than ever before.
The combination of facial recognition and thermal capabilities has altered the dynamics of access control. For a long time, thermal cameras have been used to detect persons who have a fever. The technology’s disadvantage is that it requires a human operator. Cameras using Artificial Intelligence-based multisensory technology have now been installed at airports, hospitals, and nursing homes, among other places. Individuals with fever are immediately detected, and the system watches their movements, recognises their features, and determines whether they are wearing a face mask.
Artificial Intelligence is used for drug research by analyzing the available data on COVID-19
- It is useful for drug research and development.
- This technology is used in speeding up drug testing in real-time, where standard testing takes plenty of time and hence helps to accelerate this process significantly, which may not be possible by a human.
- It can help to identify useful drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
- It has become a powerful tool for diagnostic test designs and vaccination development.
- AI helps in developing vaccines and treatments at a much faster rate than usual and is also helpful for clinical trials during the development of the vaccine.
Col Inderjeet continues, “The uncertainty surrounding the epidemic has unavoidably led to the spread of COVID-19 hoaxes on social media sites. While there is no quantitative evaluation available to determine how much disinformation is currently out there, it is quite high.”
Conspiracies, phishing, disinformation, and ransomware are all on the rise, and technology behemoths like Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, and Facebook are fighting back. When you search for COVID-19 on any social media platform, you’ll get a warning symbol along with connections to reliable sources of information.
Artificial Intelligence for sure gives solutions to find out the originality of the content of Social Media Platforms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of silver linings, ranging from improved trust in AI to enhanced cross-disciplinary collaboration and the building of stronger cross-disciplinary networks, all of which will help innovation beyond COVID-19.
AI, Data Science, and technology are being used to manage and fight COVID-19.
Artificial Intelligence is not only assisting in the tracking of the viral spread, but also in the development of a vaccine. Artificial Intelligence further aids in finding the optimum treatment techniques by performing a detailed study of the care that each COVID-19 patient receives. Here are six suggestions:-
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is still a useful tool for deciphering large amounts of data. When paired with human expertise, it has the potential to save lives. Technology like AI, machine learning, and sophisticated algorithms, as well as human expertise, creativity, and invention, will all be important in battling and surviving the COVID-19 problem.
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