ITU Blog: The next frontier is here: 3 key capabilities that make AI so valuable

We live in a time of great transformation. Over the last thirty years, technology has fueled a host of changes in how we live, work, and enable the public good.

Now, we’re on the cusp of a major change that could revolutionize almost every sector, industry, and government service.

This change is Artificial Intelligence (AI) — and there are three key capabilities that separate AI from many of the past technical or scientific breakthroughs in terms of the value it can create.

The machinelearning capability

When people usually think of AI, it’s in the context of machine learning and the ability to process large amounts of data to connect the dots across thousands of variables. Even the smartest humans have only such ability to consume large amounts of information and to process a handful of variables. This is where machine learning comes into play. Machines have the capability to process, track, and draw insight from millions of data points very quickly. That’s why healthcare researchers can leverage AI to develop new target proteins in the fight against cancer in just a matter of weeks rather than months.

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