researchers and governments fight the Covid-19 pandemic,
technology giants said while discussing solutions for the
highly contagious disease during a webinar organized
by Bennett University.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is the most important disruption of our time.
It has prompted nations, individuals,
and organisations to adopt digital in a big to survive,
scale, and succeed. It is helping navigate the pandemic,” said Sandip Patel,
managing director of India at IBM.
The theme of the global webinar, organised by the
Department of Computer Science Engineering of BU on Monday,
was ‘AI Solutions for Covid’.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) tied up
with IBM earlier in the month to use its AI-based tool
Watson Assistant to respond to specific Covid-19 queries
of frontline workers and data entry operators.
Patel said that IBM’s technology solutions can be used
for strengthening IT operations, streamline IT recovery,
and immunize organisations from disruption,
empower workflows and productivity. Manish Gupta,
director of Google Research India, said the company
was harnessing the predictive information it has
in helping migrant workers. It could be in identifying
food camps and night shelters on Google maps,
extending it in Search, and enabling voice assistants
so that people can make voice queries.
Google also has enabled it on KaiOS, the operating
system that runs on feature phones of Reliance Jio,
not just smartphones.
In India, where cardiovascular diseases are higher,
Gupta said Google was looking at AI and technology-based
interventions through proper monitoring and to delay
the onset by as much as 10-15 years or even prevent it.
“We are working on applying AI to gather all the health
signals in a privacy preserving manner and building
these risk models and allowing a health companion to
find timely intervention, lifestyle and clinical interventions,” he said.
Vishal Dhupar, MD, NVIDIA, South Asia said that technology
solutions are helping doctors treat patients and robots deliver drugs.
“At NVIDIA, we are working to push the boundaries
of technology to do more in the time to come - whether it's
supercharging the analysis of genomes, better at discovering
infections, or creating safer working environments
for front-line forces,” he said. “Use Supercomputer/AI to
fight the next pandemic”.
ET Bureau, AI heading to the frontline in battle against Covid-19,
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