Artificial Intelligence for Socially Caring People


Artificial intelligence is a simple, yet powerful tool to help people achieve their goals. When it comes to helping socially caring people find ways to make a difference in the world, AI can be a great way to do that! This post will explore what artificial intelligence is and give examples from  of how it is used. If you’re interested in learning more about artificial intelligence and how it can help socially caring people, read on!

AI has been discussed since the 1950s when mathematician Alan Turing predicted its eventual development and use. Here we explore how AI has evolved and what some of the benefits of using this technology are for today’s social care professionals.

What is AI?

The field of artificial intelligence can be divided into two categories: strong and weak. Strong AI is the type that we’re all familiar with: machines that think and communicate like humans. Weak AI includes machines that use complex algorithms to perform specific tasks, such as self-driving cars, computers programmed to play chess and search engines which help us find information on the internet. With each passing day, we see more applications for weak AI. For example, Siri may only understand very specific questions or queries, but if it can take you where you want to go… who cares how it gets there!?!

AI is based on computer science. The algorithms used in AI are used to create a system that allows a computer to process information and learn from it. AI has been evolving steadily for decades. Today, there is a revolution going on in the field of AI with many predictions about what’s to come. In the 1950s, they believed that powerful computers would be available by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. But, by 2003, there were more than a billion smartphones in the world and today we have computers in everything from cars to refrigerators. It was not until 2012 that IBM’s Watson defeated Jeopardy champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings on the television quiz show. In February 2016, IBM’s AI system named “Deep Blue” beat one of the best chess players in the world. In 2017, Google DeepMind AlphaGo beat Go champion Lee Sedol 4-1 in a five-game match with 3 wins and 2 draws. So the future of AI is here!

What are some applications of AI?

One example of how AI can be used to help people is with machine learning. Machine learning allows a computer to learn something from a given dataset without being explicitly programmed. It can be thought of as a self-teaching computer which makes it perfect for tasks that require pattern recognition and classification. For example, a machine learning algorithm might be used to match a person to a job based on skills and experience or to determine the state of their health based on certain symptoms they have reported. 

With the right data, it is possible to teach machines how to do vast amounts of human work in seconds or minutes. It’s not surprising that today there are companies that provide AI-based solutions for all types of jobs. For example, there is a company that teaches social care professionals to use AI, as well as a variety of other tasks! There are also small companies that provide AI based solutions on a more DIY style basis.

Universal Mind 

There are many ways AI can help us grow our understanding and empathy for people with disabilities. One example of this is by developing apps so people with disabilities can interact with the outside world without requiring assistance from an external party. There are already funded projects in action on this front. In 2016, Universal Mind created the first app to help those living with autism navigate public spaces without being dependent on others. The app is called “Where’s My Air?” and it gamifies public space navigation by adding an element of competition. It allows the user to select any location they want to go to, like a restaurant or store. While traveling there, they receive points every time they navigate through the environment without assistance from others (because they are dependent on others for navigation).

The EyeQ

Another example of how AI can be used in the field of disability is with machines that can anticipate the actions of people with autism. The project called “The EyeQ ” is using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to recognize signs of stress, anxiety and de-escalation in young children on the spectrum. The machine is made up of a camera and a laptop and it monitors the child’s face and non-verbal behavior. If it detects stress, for example, it will play a video to help the child calm down. So far, they have seen promising results. This application can help to prevent meltdowns before they occur which means more happy, calm days with kids on the spectrum!

There is so much big data in our world today that it’s impossible for humans to analyze it. With AI, it is possible to “learn” from the available data at an extraordinary rate without becoming overwhelmed by all of the information that is available.


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