Applying artificial intelligence for social good

Michael Chui, Martin Harrysson, James Manyika, Roger Roberts, Rita Chung, Pieter Nel, and Ashley van Heteren

McKinsey Global Institute

Nov 25, 2020

AI has the potential to tackle some of the world's most challenging social problems. According to a study down by McKinsey, existing AI capabilities have the potential to tackle cases across all 17 of the United Nations' sustainable-development goals. AI can be used for crisis response, economic empowerment, meeting educational and environmental challenges, as well as confronting equality and inclusion in areas where those are sorely lacking. Additionally, AI applications can help with health and hunger -- examples of this could be using AI to visually diagnosis images of skin lesions to determine if they are cancerous, or detecting early signs of diabetes by analyzing heart-rate sensor data.

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