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How AI could help solve some of society's toughest problems

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Fei Fang has saved lives. At MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference on Wednesday, Fang outlined recent work across academia that applies AI to protect critical national infrastructure, reduce homelessness, and even prevent suicides. Fang explained how a system she developed in 2013, while doing her PhD at the University of Southern California, is used every day to protect 60,000 passengers on the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. There are more ferries traveling between Staten Island and Manhattan than US Coast Guard patrol boats in the same territory. Previously, one patrol boat would follow one ferry for the whole journey, leaving the other ferries unprotected.