Enlisting AI in our war on coronavirus: Potential and pitfalls
Artificial intelligence technologies may not be able to discover a vaccine to stem the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but they can be an effective tool for other efforts to cope with the crisis. Subbarao Kambhampati, a Fulton Schools professor of computer science and chief AI officer of the AI Foundation, says AI can help trace infection clusters around the world and help the public distinguish between reliable and unreliable information about the virus on the internet and elsewhere. AI could also assist with vital communications and collaborations between medical professionals. Still, there could be some potential societal downsides to broadening the use of AI to track and influence public behavior.