With the application of new technological tools can prevent diseases, famines and enforce human rights
With technological advances and their application in everyday life, the technology giant Microsoft said that artificial intelligence would improve the quality of life of more than 1 billion people around the world and especially in the most vulnerable regions since will apply in the field of humanitarian aid.
This was stated by the president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, in the Concordia forum, held in the run-up to the UN General Assembly, who also revealed that his company would dedicate 40 million dollars to its new program “Artificial intelligence for the humanitarian action. ”
“Artificial intelligence is talked about constantly, people are worried about the impact it can have on our jobs and ethical issues, but there are also very promising advances,” Smith explained at the event held in the Big Apple.
“One of the great hopes is that we can all work together to solve the great humanitarian problems, ” he said.
Application in various fields
Smith pointed out that new technologies can be used in the prevention of humanitarian disasters, such as in the early detection of famine, a project that was jointly presented yesterday by the UN and the World Bank and which they named the Famine Action Mechanism ( FAM, in English).
“Data is used to predict where and when a famine is going to occur (…) This is how the warning comes before, and the NGOs work to move food quickly,” Smith said.
Also, he said, artificial intelligence will be used to improve assistance to children who need help, as in the “Operation Smile” program, which allows surgeons who operate children with a cleft lip to analyze and improve the quality of their work.
In favor of human rights
Microsoft intends to use the new technologies in addition to the protection and support of refugees. “Some tools can be used to help the 754 million people who have lost the opportunity to receive an education,” said the representative of Microsoft, who said they intend to use artificial intelligence to educate and train refugees for entry into the working market.
Also, he added, artificial intelligence will be used to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable, since the collection and analysis of specific data can predict where the most significant abuses will occur.