With the rise of COVID-19, we have a new way of thinking, leading to the new normal with changes in our behaviors and believes. As COVID-19 continues to take millions of lives from all over the world, it has become the omnipresence of mass-scale threats and uncertainty that accompanies it. People have become more careful and less willing to engage in anything that seems foreign. In scenarios like these people are thinking of all the possible ways to reduce human interference and robots and AI are finding new applications in each field. In many countries we have witnessed cases where people have started making optimum utilization of AI infused technologies and they are replacing the human to mitigate the spread of virus.
Many people think it as a job loss. Well that is an inevitable situation in certain cases, but at the same time we should not ignore the fact that there are certain professions that are inherently human and involve fast life-and-death decisions and compassion. Medicine is especially difficult to automate, but for basic tasks like measuring a patient’s temperature, there might be scope for using technology. When we emerge from this crisis, we need to be mindful that automation and jobs are not inherently exclusive to each other — introducing one does not preclude the other. We cannot ignore the fact that bots can do things that humans can’t, avoid virus infection.
At an event organised by the Abu Dhabi-based TRENDS Research & Advisory, brought together leading experts from around the world who deliberated on the importance of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and other technologies in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 that has infected more than 3.8 million people and killed over 260,000 people across the world.