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AI to the rescue

The highly connected 21st century can enable diseases to spread with rapidity. AI could be one of the ways to mitigate this danger

Devangshu Datta 

Devangshu Datta

Meeting the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus, 2019-nCov, will be a test case for the effective and widespread deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) in fights against epidemic diseases. An AI was among the first agents to flag the new disease.

AI is being used to mine data to identify and isolate potential carriers and victims, and to guesstimate the likely course of the disease. AI is also being used to try and generate vaccines, and to identify existing drugs, to combat the new virus. As of Friday (February 7, 2020) there were over 630 confirmed deaths and over 30,000 infections ...

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First Published: Sun, February 09 2020. 21:09 IST
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