As I reflect on what I’m thankful for this month, AI algorithms may seem an unlikely choice. However, AI has found a home in our daily lives, our homes, and our workplace—as it continues to scale and make a positive impact in the world. Here are three reasons to be thankful for AI and its potential to drive transformative change.

Safety:

Artificial intelligence can keep us safe online—and in the real world. Companies use AI to protect healthcare records, secure financial transactions, and detect digital weak spots before hackers can. AI can also improve traditional security—from powering smart security cameras to integrating AI algorithms into defense systems. In the industrial workplace, AI can also identify patterns that lead to accidents and automate dangerous manual tasks. And in the cockpit, AI autopilots can manage complex airline operations and respond to the millisecond-urgency of potential crises.

Statistic: AI could prevent 3,450 deadly workplace accidents by 2030. [Forbes]

Efficiency:

In business environments, AI has been a game changer in improving efficiency and fueling productivity. It has revolutionized the way businesses execute day-to-day activities, empowering them to increase agility across supply chains, from warehouse automation and distribution to more accurate demand forecasting. For frequent fliers and road warriors, AI fuels more pleasant journeys—with algorithms that predict flight delays, make the ticketing process more painless and deliver a more personalized in-flight experience.

Statistic: AI will boost labor productivity by up to 40% [Accenture]

Personalization:

We now have technology that can handle personalization that accounts for the differences between individuals, at a scale of billions of people. For instance, AI is driving transformational change in healthcare, as the backbone of precision medicine: an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. Think of it as a type of medical personalization.

Statistic: AI can cut medical treatment costs by 50%, and improve outcomes. (Frost & Sullivan)

Every day, more of our world is optimized through AI. For this, it warrants our gratitude and thanks.

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