By Invitation: Tasawar Jalali explains the spark of AI in transforming daily existence

Tasawar Jalali

By Tasawar Jalali–

(Tasawar Jalali is co-founder and CEO of Securenode & co-founder of Smashon Inc, an online health and wellness portal based in Silicon Valley. He is also the chairman of the Ibaadatkhana Foundation. The views expressed are his own)

Reflecting on the early 2000s and the era of handheld phones, it’s remarkable how the internet reshaped our lives. In 2024, we stand on the brink of another transformative wave with the advent of Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI).

Drawing parallels to the exponential growth from 1995 to 2005, the next decade promises radical advancements in our daily lives, driven by cutting-edge AI technologies. Imagine a future where AI-driven Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) seamlessly integrate into a widespread vehicle network, turning your car into an intelligent, mobile office and a convenient commute shuttle.

Distributed and interconnected shared vehicles, powered by AI, can suggest optimal routes, minimize auto collisions, and reduce commute times, significantly enhancing the overall commuting experience. This not only streamlines transportation but also saves millions of commute hours, exemplifying a practical application of AI in improving urban mobility and efficiency.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to reshape global commerce and trade by introducing groundbreaking solutions for moneyless transactions. Leveraging advanced blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies driven by AI algorithms, transactions can become decentralized, transparent, and secure, diminishing the need for traditional currencies and easing international trade complexities.

Smart contracts, powered by AI, automate and enforce agreements, reducing the risk of fraud and streamlining the transaction process. AI’s role in fraud detection, cross-border payments, and personalized financial services further solidifies its impact, promising a future of more secure, efficient, and personalized global trade facilitated by transformative AI-driven technologies.

AI’s influence will extend everywhere including the realm of smart homes, transforming disparate devices into a cohesive, intelligent system. When away, automated workflows will ensure safety by communicating with each other to control appliances, manage plant watering schedules, or intelligently enhance security of our house through pattern monitoring.

Home Security systems, interconnected via AI and blockchain, can create resilient neighborhood networks to keep neighborhoods safe. Our homes can be made safer by receiving real-time alerts for incidents intelligently processed by AI. Businesses can monetize the technology by participating in neighbor care programs.

Leveraging AI-powered blockchain technology can significantly enhance the integrity and security of alerts, reducing false positives. This, in turn, improves the intelligent alerting process for law enforcement agencies or healthcare providers.

The landscape of travel experiences will undergo a paradigm shift with AI simplifying travel processes such as budget-friendly ticket purchases, seamless airport transitions, and hotel experience. AI-powered mobile devices will streamline hotel check-ins based on your itinerary, eliminating the traditional hassles of going to the front desk requesting room service. Your hotel stay can be customized to your personal preferences, such as room temperature, towels, pillows, beverages, or even food. If you allow your mobile device to interact with the hotel, the food of your choice can be served exactly at the time of your arrival, which can be predicted by AI.

The healthcare sector will experience unprecedented surge with AI-powered medical research slashing research time and elevating cure rates. Recent advancements in medical science through AI have been notable. DeepMind, a British company, has achieved a significant milestone by releasing a database containing millions of protein structures. This accomplishment accelerates the process of discovering
and publishing protein structures, a task that would traditionally take millions of years. The use of AI in this context has proven to be a transformative force, expediting progress in understanding complex biological systems.

The diverse microbiome, consisting of trillions of gut bacteria, is crucial for human health. Traditional research to comprehend them is time-consuming, taking millions of years. Yet, recent AI-driven studies on the gut-brain axis provide a more efficient exploration of connections between the gut microbiome and cognitive function. This has the potential to significantly improve our understanding of human health and advance treatments for conditions related to digestion, metabolism, and aspects of the immune system.

In the expansive realm of the human gut, housing trillions of bacteria, the majority remain unidentified and insufficiently studied. Bacteria stand as prominent contributors to numerous severe health issues, yet only a few thousand have undergone thorough examination to date. The advent of AI holds the promise of exponentially accelerating our comprehension of these bacteria, potentially facilitating a swift surge in discovering effective treatments.

Robotics powered by intelligence can replace cumbersome medical equipment and providing accurate physical exams, coupled with tailored prescriptions. AI can revolutionize healthcare by improving diagnostics through advanced imaging analysis, predicting disease outbreaks using data analytics, and personalizing treatment plans through machine learning algorithms. Additionally, AI-powered virtual health assistants could enhance patient engagement and provide timely health information, transforming the way healthcare is delivered and experienced.

Personal devices can be programmed and customized to meet your physical and psychological needs. By reading your bodily vitals, a wearable device can communicate with your mobile device powered by AI and prescribe an over-the-counter (OTC) medication or advise you to rest, get hydrated, or automatically contact your family doctor or 911.

Using AI on your mobile devices, you will have the opportunity to build a personal profile that functions as your trusted partner, assisting you in making informed and improved decisions in your daily life.

These examples merely scratch the surface of the imminent AI-driven future. Just as the internet revolutionized the early 2000s, we now stand at the forefront of a similar paradigm shift fueled by artificial intelligence.

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