Automated Personal Health Care

Imagine if AI could help expecting mothers have more successful births? That’s what is happening in Kentucky with automated personal healthcare, according to Wired Magazine:

infants. In the US, roughly one in 10 babies is born prematurely, or before 37 weeks, far higher than most other developed countries, and the rate is ticking upward…In Kentucky, Passport Health, a nonprofit Medicaid insurer, is testing an unlikely hypothesis: Whether artificial intelligence can make sense of the cacophony of risk factors and direct expecting mothers into more personalized care…Initial data indicates that, a year into the program, preterm births fell by about 13 percent.” 

Gregory Barber ,WIRED

Meanwhile, under the radar, more prisoners and slaves are put to work to train the AI classification engines:

“Prison labor” is usually associated with physical work, but inmates at two prisons in Finland are doing a new type of labor: classifying data to train artificial intelligence algorithms for a startup…For Irani, there’s nothing special about AI in this story. In the US at least, prison labor has long been controversial, with some saying that it economically exploits workers while others argue that it can help rehabilitate them.

To her, the public relations push around the collaboration is more surprising than the fact that digital work has become part of prison labor.

“The hook is that we have this kind of hype circulating around AI so that we can masquerade really old forms of labor exploitation as ‘reforming prisons,’” Irani says. “They’re connecting social movements, reducing it to hype, and using that to sell AI.”

Angela Chen, The Verge

Anyone that works with AI on a daily basis knows the training classification is tedious and laborious work.

No doubt that is why slave labor and prison populations are being tasked with the work.

For other things going on in AI, check out these news items:

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