There is hardly an industry today that has been left out from the Midas touch of Artificial Intelligence Revolution. AI has enabled many gadgets like Parkoz Transformer Cellphone once talked in science fictions and movies transcend into our lives.
Now that technology has started to keep up pace with our fantasies, transhumanist movement speculates the evolution of human behavior and bodies. Transhumanism is a philosophy that seeks the evolution of the human life beyond its current form. Modern Transhumanists are working to get rid of the human limitations like our finite memory, aging, myopic vision, incurable diseases and physical disabilities. AI-powered gadgets like cyborgs have brought a tremendous revolution in healthcare and here are 10 AI technologies that you can put to use in your daily life.
1. Chatbots To Help Fight Depression
While depression affects over 300 million people across the globe, ‘Woebot‘ created by the Stanford psychologist Alison Darcy in 2017 will help such people cheer up. ‘Woebot’ can chat with patients, sending a response based on mood profiling. This therapeutic chatbot uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to detect moods of users from the texts and also teaches the users how to maintain their sanity through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Currently, ‘Woebot’ also provides assistance on Facebook Messenger.
The effectiveness of another chatbot app, Shim, was analyzed by the researchers of Linköping University and Karolinska Institute, Sweden, reinforced the usefulness of mental health apps by showing a significant decrease in Perceived Stress (PSS-10) levels in 14 non-clinical subjects who volunteered for the study.
Michiel Rauws who worked with Syrian refugees realized that people can be made to reframe their thoughts and thus, improve their lives. He developed Tess, an AI chatbot that can help psychologists deliver mental health coaching and personalized advice. It claims to reduce depression by 13% and anxiety by 18%.
Thus, mental health bots act as 24×7, non-human points of support and communication for people, particularly the stressed out millennials low on self-esteem.
2. Health Tracker
You must have heard of smartwatches. Many high tech companies like FitBit, Apple, and Phillips manufactures products mostly watches that help to monitor your heart rate, respiratory functioning, fatigue level and even your sleep routine. It updates the user about any abnormal health condition so it could be taken care of prior to any severe health problem.
3. Smart Bionics
Gone are the days when prosthetics were meant to support amputees and help them do day-to-day chores. With fast development in soft robotics, the trend is shifting towards building exoskeletons and prosthetics that can restore your sensation of feeling while you touch an object. Revolutions in optoelectronics brought about by quantum dots, nanocrystals and nanowires have made inroads for the smart bionic eye.
Biomedical researchers from Newcastle University have recently developed a prosthetic with an AI-powered camera. The prosthetic has been trained using deep learning technology to recognize over 500 objects. The prosthetic can click the image of the object and reorient itself to a unique ‘grasp’ style. For example, while moving your hand towards a pen, AI-powered camera clicks the photo of the object and the prosthetic adjusts itself to the ‘pinch and grab’ style.
But is restoring normality the end of bionics research? No.
You love playing football the whole day, but you easily get burned out. How would react if I told you that scientists can make a customizable exosuit for you that allows you to run the whole day without getting tired?
Smart bionics are meant to enhance the human capacity. In his famous TED talk, Dr. Hugh Herr reveals about ‘NeuroEmbodied Design’ as a methodology to create cyborgs. A cyborg is a human-machine hybrid and neural implants have enhanced memory retention capabilities of humans taking us a step closer to being a cyborg.
4. Virtual Check-up
Well most of us are not a fan of hospitals or doctors. Who likes a depressing place like a hospital where we get the news of the death of our dear ones or about our ailments? But thanks to the interference of artificial intelligence in the medical field because of which you don’t have to visit the hospitals more often. You can engage yourself in a conversation seeking advice and minor treatments from the doctors without actually leaving the comfort of your bed.
Moreover, we can seek help from experts regarding your health without traveling too far to see them. In many cases in the absence of an expert, the hospitals may treat or operate a patient with the guidance from specialists connected through AI, monitoring the condition of the patient.
5. Medical Imaging
We all are aware of various medical imaging techniques like CT scan. Well, machine learning algorithms have made medical imaging quiet simpler and more precise. The human drawbacks are corrected by using artificial intelligence and a more detailed and precise image is produced which helps in accurate diagnosis of ailments or abnormalities. A company named Zebra Medical Vision has developed a platform that uses computing and algorithms to analyze the medical imaging reports because of which the patient’s health condition is monitored more precisely. AI Medical Diagnosis
6. Drug Development
The process of drug development is quite expensive and time-consuming. It takes years of research and clinical testing before assuring the safety of the medicine and dispatching it to the market. But the intervention of AI in medical science has made the process lot easier and less time-consuming. The AI fueled supercomputers can analyze the molecular structure of the drugs and approve it for human consumption. Recently, this technology has helped in the development of two drugs that can fight the deadly Ebola virus.
When Elon Musk warned that humans must become cyborgs – an amalgam of biological intelligence and machine intelligence, to stay ahead of robots in the future, he can foresee how AI will be reinventing the world we live in. AI has already expanded the human potential but the future revolutions in the healthcare industry due to AI will uproot our biggest fear: death.