How AI can help solve hunger, education, and healthcare.

By: Zaynah Bhanji, TKS Innovator

3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day.

Around half of our world’s population does not have access to essential health services, such as surgical care, medicine, and proper facilities.

Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity.

72 million children do not have access to education, and over 750 million adults are not educated.

In developed countries, 700 million people have access to a good lifestyle, in terms of energy, housing, healthcare, education, food and water.

At the same, we have also created some amazing technologies that are available at our fingertips, and we can use this to help people in developing countries.

Artificial intelligence is a technology that is already greatly incorporated in our day-to-day life. Recommendations from Netflix and Amazon, weather forecasts, and voice recognition services such as Siri and Alexa all use artificial intelligence. But we can also use this technology to create a huge impact and help billions of people around the world.

We can use AI to go through massive amounts of data and identify diseases and genes.

We can use AI to examine data and detect patterns.

One example of this is with malaria detection. Doctors have to count each malaria parasite in the patient’s blood to diagnose the patient accurately. Using AI, we can diagnose patients using computer vision, a branch of AI that allows computers to understand images. Malaria is a massive problem in particular developing countries, as malaria is a huge risk there. With this technology, we can speed up the process of diagnosing and treating patients.

We can also use AI to go through genetic data. IBM Watson was able to identify new genes linked to ALS by looking through a lot of research and data.

Predicting which patients would benefit from using a particular drug is another task that we can use AI for. Based on a person’s genes, we can use AI to detect whether or not specific drugs would work for them. This would be a highly personalized approach and save time and money.

We can use AI to have a positive impact on education levels in impoverished areas.

We can use AI in certain areas where students do not have access to facilities or teachers. Chatbots are a great way of guiding students in real-time through a syllabus and assess the learning level and skills of individual students.

As long as there is access to an internet connection, this method could be used. This could entirely eradicate financial barriers to education so that many more people get access to education.

Personalized learning is another area that we can use AI for. Rather than the current methods of just one form of learning, we can personalize learning to each student based on whether they learn better through listening, visualizing, or doing things hands-on. This will provide students with a better quality of education that is tailored to them.

We can use AI to improve the sustainability of food crops.

AI can be used to improve agriculture, the main source of income for many people in developing countries, as well as the primary source of food. We can use AI and robotics to analyze the best way to optimize the growth of crops.

We can also use AI to monitor crop and soil health. Computer vision and drones can be used to detect whether or not a plant needs more watering, is growing properly, or is ready to harvest.

By using this technology, we can drastically increase the yield of crops, which means more income and food for people in developing areas.

Health, education, food, and income are the main factors that lead to poverty.

By using artificial intelligence to eradicate these causes, we can improve the lives of people who are in poverty and help them develop more.'

Author: Zaynah Bhanji

Zaynah is a 15-year-old machine learning and virtual & augmented reality developer. She began her journey developing neural networks at 13 and has been supported by companies like Google, CIBC, TD, Deloitte, and Microsoft. She has been speaking at leading conferences globally in places including Dubai, Poland, Toronto, San Francisco, and more. Zaynah is also a huge advocate for women and girls in technology, and speaks to many girls to inspire them to pursue their interests in a science or tech field. Her mentors and advisors represent some of the leading companies in the AI and VR/AR space.