The Impact of AI on Education

The Impact of AI on Education

Of all the areas of life where artificial intelligence will have an impact, the biggest might well be education. This is because learning is so important, and also because current provision often leaves a lot to be desired. This is not generally the fault of teachers. They are the active ingredient in today’s education system, but they are expensive, and not scalable. In most countries they are under-valued, and burdened by absurd paperwork. They are also human, which means they are variable. Think back to your own school days: how many of your teachers were positively inspirational? As many as...
The Impact of AI on the Law

The Impact of AI on the Law

Hello, New York! For the first time, lawyers can apply legal analytics to cases heard in New York County Supreme Court (“New York County”). Lex Machina, a subsidiary of RELX, the British information corporate formerly known as Reed Elsevier, is announcing today the publication of data on 119,000 cases. The data is based on both dockets (analogous to the abstracts of academic papers) and documents (the full papers). Numerically, this caseload is not a massive expansion to the 4.5m cases already in Lex Machina’s database, but Karl Harris, Lex Machina’s CEO, argues it is an important milestone because New York...
Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twins

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twins

Augmented reality in supermarkets Have you ever wondered why supermarkets don’t offer augmented reality guides to the locations of their products? Instead of criss-crossing the store, hunting for the tomato juice or the paprika, why can’t you upload your shopping list into something like Google Maps and have it guide you on the most efficient route around the aisles? It’s not because supermarket owners are afraid you won’t make impulse purchases. It’s because that sort of navigation (or wayfinder) technology is hard. But it’s coming soon. Pebbles In 2015, Emil Alon sold a company to Facebook for $60m. The company...
The Impact of AI on Surgery

The Impact of AI on Surgery

Telemedicine “We’ve witnessed ten years of change in a month” is a typical description of how the pandemic is accelerating the use of telemedicine. Before the virus, video appointments made up only 1% of the 350m consultations which Britain’s National Health Service handles each year. Companies like Docly, eConsult and AccuRx are changing that. The latter claims that 90% of primary care clinics in England are now using its video-calling system. The most dramatic form of telemedicine is remote surgery. It is not new, but it is growing, and it offers enormous benefits. It can help overcome the shortage of...
The Impact of AI on Healthcare

The Impact of AI on Healthcare

Opportunity knocks Healthcare is an obvious sector to deploy AI in. It generates tsunamis of data, vast amounts of money are spent on it, and there are plenty of opportunities to improve the quality of its products and services by making them more intelligent and intelligible. It is a mistake to think of healthcare as a single monolithic entity. Will Smart is the former CIO for the NHS in England, and he points out that healthcare carries out the activities of numerous different industries, including hotels, catering, research, professional services, janitorial services, logistics, manufacturing, and many others. What kinds of...