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The benefits of AI

In this step, Mark Elshaw summarises some of the main benefits that can be delivered through AI.

In this video, Mark Elshaw lists what he considers to be the biggest benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for humanity.

We’ll look at some of them in greater detail as we move further through this program:

  • Medicines
  • Autonomous cars
  • Body enhancements
  • Employment

One thing it’s important to bear in mind, however, is that it’s become a marketing term which often confuses digital transformation with AI technologies.

Here are some examples of phenomena that are often falsely conflated with AI:

  • Transforming business processes from paper-based to digital is about maximising efficiency not AI
  • Applying machine learning to business operations relating to data collection might provide some insights, but again, is not AI

Your task

Which of the benefits of AI mentioned by Mark Elshaw do you consider to be the most important and why?
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