Not long ago, Artificial Intelligence was a dream only real in science-fiction movies, but it’s here. AI products are slowly becoming part of our lives which is already raising concerns about its future impact on the job market. However, AI has made enormous contributions to improvements in healthcare, security, poverty, and education.

AI’s potential is unlimited. Despite all the sophistication we see in today’s self-driving cars, smart homes, and robots, it no secret that we’re still in the primitive AI phase. Here are some ways that AI will positively change the world.

1. Cyber-security

Three decades ago, the internet was new and exciting. But today, it’s a dangerous place. Cyber-attacks happen every second, with a malware attack costing a company an average of two million pounds.

It’s a nightmare that security teams can’t handle single-handed. Automation and self-learning capabilities as a result of AI are more efficient and cost-effective at keeping our data and identities safe.

Major companies are already exploiting AI’s predictive capabilities to detect malicious content by identifying correlated patterns and anomalies.

2. Precision farming

The world’s population is expected to hit 11.2 billion by 2050, up from the current 7.7 billion. Without proper food security measures, more people will face starvation given that millions still go hungry today. AI is increasing efficiency and improving our current farming methods to increase yields and reduce wastage in an eco-friendly manner.

For instance, Cainthus, a machine vision company, has come up with a facial recognition system that identifies cows individually and can detect early signs of lameness in cows — making monitoring of huge herds effortless and efficient, especially with the help of a drone.

AI is also driving the creation of superior grains that are disease resistant, more productive, and can grow in areas with extreme climates.

3. Precision medicine

Traditionally, patients suffering from similar illnesses receive similar treatment or medication. AI in medicine takes into account patient data like their environment, lifestyle and genes to come up with precise and unique disease treatments and prevention strategies.

AI is currently used in medicine to detect early signs of some diseases like Alzheimer’s and has identified previously unknown sub-types of diabetes.

AI can virtually be applied in any sector or problem. The points discussed above are just an introduction to an endless list of ways AI is and will change our world.