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AI improves patient outcomes when employed in ethical and unbiased models.
When detected at an early stage, skin cancer survival rates can be as high as 97% but drop to 14% with late stage detection. Using object detection and image classification, AI programs can diagnose skin cancer with high accuracy in images on mobile phone applications. However, AI-based mobile phone diagnostic apps carry risks. AI models can be biased and less accurate in populations that are underrepresented in their training data. AI models are trained on a database of available skin cancer images, and these tend to be sourced from Western countries with more digital data – often of lighter-skinned individuals. There may be less accuracy in diagnosing cancerous moles on darker-skinned individuals, and research demonstrates lower model accuracy, or more bias, for image classification in women and darker-skinned individuals. The Future Society’s work on the ethics and principles of AI is helping health care systems detect bias in AI models, improving patient outcomes.
Microfinance in India
Fair and unbiased AI improves microfinance lending outcomes in developing economies.
Farmers in India often need to borrow money to buy tools, fertilizer, seeds or livestock. Banks and microfinance institutions specializing in agriculture use Artificial Intelligence to estimate the farmers’ ability to pay the loan back and often to assist the farmer’s efforts. However, many microfinance banks do not have access to the databases and computing power to use Artificial Intelligence. That’s why The Future Society is creating the Global Data Commons, the AI Commons and the AI for Sustainable Development Goals Center, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence for economic development.
Criminal Justice System in the US
AI improves justice when used by AI-trained judges, attorneys, and law enforcement.
It is well known that Artificial Intelligence can help judges and law enforcement work more efficiently through crowded criminal dockets. But, AI also poses a significant risk to fair and unbiased justice because defendants are often not given access to the algorithms that produce risk assessments used in sentencing, and the judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys are not trained AI and algorithmic decision making. That’s why The Future Society has created The Law & Society Initiative: conferences, research and educational programs to develop and spread best practices for Artificial Intelligence and legal systems.
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