How AI is Impacting Healthcare, Agriculture and Defence

Artificial intelligence has been ranked alongside fire and electricity for the profound effect it will have on all fields of human endeavour

Lex Hall 5 November, 2018 | 12:26AM
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It was reported last week US tech giant Amazon (AMZN) is working on a patent under which its ubiquitous voice-activated assistant, Alexa, can tell when you're sick. It's thought the machine, with its mellifluous female voice and ability to answer any question we pose, will soon be able to detect changes in your voice brought on by illness.

It will then recommend remedies that can be bought on Amazon. While tech news site CNET concedes the report is unconfirmed, it is potentially another example of the rapid advance in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

From Japan's use of robots to perform intricate surgery and fill worker shortages brought on by an ageing population and declining birth rates to China’s use of facial recognition to spy on its sprawling citizenry, the development of AI is profound. For Sundar Pichai, the chief of internet search giant Google (GOOGL) and leader in the field, AI ranks alongside fire and electricity for its potential to alter human destiny.

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Alphabet Inc A2,425.98 USD-0.17Rating
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Intuitive Surgical Inc862.35 USD-0.22Rating
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Lex Hall  is Content Editor for Morningstar Australia

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