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Artificial Intelligence & Automation in The Post COVID-19 Era

Tyrone Furrer, Plug And Play

We can’t ignore the impact of artificial intelligence on basically every industry, from automating simple and repetitive tasks to performing specific and high complex functions that humans find difficult or even impossible to complete.

Applications of AI Across Industries

AI technology has been introduced already across various sectors such as mobility, education, manufacturing, e-commerce, communication, health, insurance, finance, and many others.

These are just a few examples of AI applications in some industries:

  • Mobility: Autonomous cars, using AI to drive the car so you can take a nap while commuting to work. Isn’t that a dream? Yes, it is, and it will remain so for still some time. Anyway, AI applications are integrated into every new car manufactured today. From voice assistants to drive semi-autonomously, AI is already an essential part of the Mobility industry today.
  • Health: Artificial intelligence plays a crucial part in the health sector's technological advancements, from autonomous surgical robots, virtual nursing assistants to automated image diagnosis. And there is still a place for more applications as the technology improves.
  • Manufacturing: Probably one of the industries where robots & AI technology are demanded the most. High-performing robots can work faster for longer periods, without stopping, as long as they have access to a power source). In some cases, they can be more efficient than humans.

There are many more possible applications of AI that could be utilized in automated transportation of goods, climate change, deep-sea and space exploration.

Let’s face it: AI is set for a massive takeover in the coming years. The question nowadays is, what can this technology do to help in the current pandemic? Will it be able to help to mitigate the costs and reduce the time needed for the Global Economy to recover after this crash?

AI & Automation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
AI during the Pandemic


During the pandemic, China has demonstrated the benefits of AI as a crisis management tool.  With the help of AI, this country was able to identify patterns from big data, support their health systems and control the spread. One good example of the success of AI in China is how it assisted in radiology technologies, speeding the diagnosis of large numbers of patients with the novel Coronavirus.

Other nations unite expertise in order to expand AI’s current capability to fight against COVID-19. A number of applications have been deployed so far, and the following are just a few of the ways of how Artificial Intelligence and Automation could solve the health crisis:

  • Disease Surveillance AI: With globalization in our daily lives, human activity, especially migrations, has caused the virus to spread virtually everywhere. It makes it especially difficult to track. Canada-based startup Bluedot developed a software solution to track, recognize and report the spread of the virus. The main concern are the sources of the data needed to feed this tool, which might present a risk of potential infringement to individual’s civil liberties, policy regulations, etc.
  • Virtual Healthcare Assistants: Chatbots are not a novelty nowadays, but their use in the health industry was shallow. To help overwhelmed healthcare systems worldwide, Canada-based Startup Stallion.ai developed an AI multilingual virtual healthcare agent. It can answer questions related to COVID-19 and provide information, clear guidelines, recommend protection measures, and even check and monitor symptoms.
  • AI for Fever Detection and Facial Recognition: A simple camera with thermal sensors & facial recognition AI software can instantly detect people with fever, or i.e., if people are wearing or not wearing a mask. It is generally being used in airports and border controls.
  • Automation of Disinfection: With the help of Robots, IoT and AI, the disinfection of goods, furniture, and even entire rooms can be done completely autonomously and without any human participation. Some startups, just as Gideon Brothers and UVENTIONS are working on these kinds of solutions.
  • Information Verification AI: When we try to imagine the near-term future, uncertainty will come first for sure. It unavoidably resulted in the propagation of myths and fake news on social media platforms. Tech-Giants like Google or Facebook are deploying AI technology to try to combat the waves of these myths and conspiracy theories.

Read the full story on Plug And Play

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