The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is taking hold across personal and professional applications in a multitude of use cases. The plethora of data being produced and analyzed by this emerging technology can be mind-blowing. Information Week brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “How AI Can Save the World, or Not.”

When should we share data for the greater good and when should we keep it for proprietary uses? What about the ethical applications of AI? How do we know when AI is biased, and how can we fix that? There are a lot of unanswered questions around this technology.

One of the latest applications of AI is an area called artificial empathy. While machines don’t feel emotions, they are being taught how to recognize it in people. The uses of this application have started with identifying victims of domestic violence. It isn’t intended to be a replacement for human relationships, but a safe space that people can always engage, no matter what time of day. This too prompts more questions.

Melody K. Smith

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