How AI could help us beat societal challenges

Sep 21, 2018, 8:44 AM EDT
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Artificial intelligence is predicting the locations of aftershocks; it can outperform doctors in diagnosing certain conditions and it powers many of our everyday systems, including our smartphones. However, researchers are beginning to ask and test if the technology can help fix some of the society’s toughest problems.

Fei Fang, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, sums up the recent academic works focused on finding solutions to challenges such as homelessness, suicide, poaching and hunger, writes MIT Technology Review.

At MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference, Fang names researchers who are blending machine learning with game theory to find common solutions to a diverse range of problems.