The Bright Side of AI #6: Cleaner Skies Ahead and Wellness for Doctors
The potential collapse of journalistic integrity. The harrowing working conditions of Kenyans training AI models. The rise of a new form of narcissism on social media. Last week's headlines were anything but uplifting... But hey, every cloud has a silver lining, so let's dive into some good news today!
Aviation is clearly an industry on the brink of transformation, all thanks to AI! After learning last week about AI's plans to eliminate flight delays, now it's setting its sights on reducing flight pollution.
To get specific, AI is targeting aircraft contrails, those familiar streaks we all see in the sky. While they're not "chemtrails" filled with chemicals, but rather "contrails," they're still highly polluting and are responsible for the majority of non-carbon warming caused by aircraft.
Google and American Airlines are stepping up to the plate to reduce these contrails by combining contrail models with satellite imagery and weather data. Once they put their heads together, they came up with their own contrail prediction map model.
Using this, they encouraged pilots to choose certain altitudes, and the result was a whopping 54% reduction in emissions!
This is a big win for the environment, especially considering that aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global CO₂ emissions! And when you think about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently estimating that it would take about 10 years to avoid these contrails, it's clear evidence of AI's potential to make a positive difference in our lives!
In today's fast-paced society, burnout is a growing concern, and even medical professionals like doctors are feeling the strain.
To combat this issue and keep things running smoothly, hospitals like Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, are turning to AI tools like Microsoft's "Dax" to transcribe conversations between doctors and patients during visits. The AI then compiles all the notes, saving doctors from spending hours typing them into patient files. It's not without its risks, though, as we've seen before...
Besides helping to prevent burnout, a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research predicts that AI could cut total hospital costs by 5 to 11% over the next half-decade. That's great news, as those savings could be put back into buying new equipment or opening new departments.
Well, that's all we've got for this week's good news on the AI front. It might be a bit lighter than usual, but who knows what next week will bring? To make sure you stay in the loop, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Discord.
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