As we all know, there is an outbreak of a new coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China. It is a serious issue and despite the efforts from China, the virus has managed to spread to various parts of the world.
As expected, the World Health Organization, governments, and other health-related organizations around the world have since sent out warnings to the public about the Wuhan virus, but it appears that a Canadian company by the name of BlueDot predicted the outbreak ahead of other major organizations, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
According to multiple reports, BlueDot uses an AI-driven algorithm to thoroughly search platforms like foreign news reports, animal and plant disease networks, along with official proclamations to make its predictions.
Based on that, BlueDot managed to warn its customers to avoid places like Wuhan on the 31st of December, one week before the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO sent out a public notice on the 6th and 9th of January respectively.
This is not the first time AI has been employed in the health sector; there have been several cases where it has been harnessed to spot health issues before they might happen, or to spot diseases in patients that a human doctor might have otherwise missed, but in the meantime, we imagine that humans deputizing an AI-driven epidemiologist might be worth it after all.