How artificial intelligence is changing science
Artificial intelligence is now part of our daily lives, whether in voice recognition systems or route finding apps. But scientists are increasingly drawing on AI to understand society, design new materials and even improve our health.
Once a computer scientist’s pipe dream, artificial intelligence and machine learning are now part of our daily lives in the form of voice recognition systems, product recommendation platforms and navigation tools. All of these rely on computer algorithms that process information and solve problems in a way similar to – and sometimes superior to – the human mind.
Yet artificial intelligence is doing more than just recommending new restaurants and the best routes to them. It is also changing the way scientists across diverse disciplines are studying the world. Aided by the close proximity of medical researchers, computer scientists, psychologists and more, Stanford researchers are deploying artificial intelligence to map poverty in Africa, find safer alternatives to conventional rechargeable batteries and perhaps even understand our own minds.
AI Advancing Science & Technology
Like any technology, one of the hopes for artificial intelligence is that it could help us do our jobs better – even if that job is advancing science and technology. Today, Stanford researchers are designing better batteries, building polite pedestrian robots and plumbing the depths of the oceans, all with help from AI.
AI Advancing Health
Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine are working closely with computer scientists to develop algorithms capable of diagnosing ailments without human help – and in some cases, those algorithms outperform doctors. They’re also using AI to search for new drugs, design new prosthetics and improve patient safety – and considering the ethical implications as well.