In the movies, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence usually leads to robotic cyborgs going haywire, machines that threaten humanity, or a choice between a red or blue pill. The plotline almost always assumes the worst will happen. Thankfully, these aren't the droids you're looking for. Instead, AI has tremendous potential to help improve performance for nonprofits and social good organizations and drive meaningful change in the world.
As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI's critics are sounding the alarm, going so far as to call its development an "existential threat" to mankind. Is this the stuff of science fiction?
It is a fact that healthcare is unsustainable. American health spending will reach nearly $5 trillion, or 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2021. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there is a worldwide shortage of around 4.3 million physicians, nurses, and allied health workers. So how could we change it?
From conception to development, it's likely that the'build phase' could see some of the most radical changes in software development. Diego Lo Giudice, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, discussed this in greater detail in his report'How AI Will Change Software Development And Applications'. He asserts that "AI can improve the way we build current software --improving the process (for example, further increasing automation, leveraging analytics to improve quality, etc.). Then it will change the way we think about applications -- not programming step by step, but letting the system learn to do what it needs to do."