Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is currently transforming nearly every single industry we know: From healthcare, to energy, to even the everyday technology that we use, like our YouTube recommendations. But the AI revolution is doing something truly spectacular for healthcare, and these computational leaps could be just what Bangladesh needs to bridge the inequalities here.

What is AI?

In simple terms, AI is just using data and a computer algorithm to make predictions about something. There are various ways in which to do this, and the field of researching these AI algorithms is currently highly active. These algorithms, after some fine-tuning of their parameters, have the ability to spew out predictions much faster — and often even more accurately —

The reason that healthcare is such a lucrative field for AI is the data aspect. Hospitals globally generate about 50 petabytes of data per year, mostly from medical imaging. To put this into context, 50 petabytes of data is like the entire written works of mankind, from the beginning of recorded history, in all languages. And hospitals generate this much data every single year; but the best part is that 97% of this data is unused.

Machine learning and AI presents an opportunity to take advantage of this huge amount of data. And big-tech is already jumping on this. In 2019, pharmaceutical company Novartis and Microsoft announced a collaboration to “transform medicine with artificial intelligence.” Facebook partnered up with New York University (NYU) to use AI to do faster MRIs. Amazon has developed AI tha

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