The global pandemic has given us all an opportunity to pause for thought and take stock of what is and what is not important. More and more businesses are turning to AI to become more sustainable, smarter and to better react to changing market conditions, as well as to ensure health, safety and social impact of our planet.

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SwissCognitive, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Bots, CDO, CIO, CI, Cognitive Computing, Deep Learning, IoT, Machine Learning, NLP, Robot, Virtual reality, learningWe need a future where you can do the things you love; live the life you deserve and take the time to grow with nature and nurture the things that inspire you to help others. From pandemic prevention and fighting cancer, to fighting hunger, wildlife conservation and boosting accessibility, this article will explore exactly how AI is doing well by doing good. AI use cases can help towards overall  adaptation in preventing wildfires, diagnosing deadly diseases, mitigating risks posed in critical areas as well as predictive analysis and monitoring to make our planet more resilient in the near future. 

Pandemic Detection 

One of the most obvious and pressing applications of AI to everyday life is healthcare, specifically in detection and prevention. BlueDot is helping avert disruptive epidemics and pandemics with their technology. In 2019, just before Covid spread like wildfire, AI company BlueDot was one of the first to identify the outbreak in China’s Hubei Province and the first to accurately predict its pathways of international spread. BlueDot sounded an early alarm around the spread of the coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan, using a combination of news reports, anonymous mobile device location data and global airline ticket sales data. An entire year before Brazil and India became epicenters of the virus, BlueDot was able to pinpoint these regions as forthcoming Covid hotspots. 

This Canadian Startup combined global air travel, mosquito, climate and other population data to model the spread of the Zika virus from its origin in Brazil – including accurately predicting outbreaks in Florida and Angola months before they occurred. Not only did BlueDot successfully translate this data to the global scientific community to protect lives and livelihoods, but the company has also been successful in raising capital, having secured $7M in their latest Series A round of fundraising. Kamran Khan, Founder and CEO at BlueDot told me that “If there’s one lesson we should take away from Covid, it’s that time is everything when you’re confronting an outbreak. Our work at BlueDot harnesses the power of global data, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies to help governments and global businesses build resilience to tomorrow’s inevitable threats so that they can respond faster, smarter and more effectively than ever before. And by empowering these organizations, we are realizing our vision of a healthier, safer, and more secure world.” […]

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