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China uses artificial intelligence to fight coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Increasingly concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, China is using artificial intelligence in cooperation with its technological giant Baidu in order to stem the epidemic as quickly as possible. Sputnik discussed it with Xu Canhao, from the Institute of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Suzhou.

Artificial intelligence and robotics not only help protect staff from contamination, but also improve their effectiveness in tracking disease, Xu Canhao, from the Institute of Computer Science and Technology, told Sputnik. University of Suzhou, commenting on the deployment of many technological devices to contain the epidemic as much as possible .

Robots to do many things for men

“As for the technique, the use of robots helps prevent the spread of the epidemic, since biological viruses are harmless to them. They can replace humans to do a lot of work related to preventing and combating the spread of the epidemic,” explains the agency’s interlocutor.
He added that Huawei and Huazhong would jointly develop a vaccine against the virus with the use of artificial intelligence.

As the coronavirus epidemic continues, robots make phone calls and help prevent coronavirus. We learn in particular that the Chinese authorities have set up a system of telephone calls made by robots in order to question the inhabitants on their state of health. Chatbots with artificial intelligence can, for example, advise patients to stay in isolation at home.

Better monitor the situation

With the help of artificial intelligence, the Chinese authorities can also have a more precise idea of ​​the health situation of the population and offer guidance for potential patients. A fleet of drones has also been deployed to better monitor the situation.

“According to articles published, including in Nature, certain signs of the appearance of the current coronavirus would have appeared well before. There would however be problems with the transfer of information. […] If the virus is detected at an early stage, losses can be reduced as much as possible and the epidemic can be avoided,” notes the expert.

He notes that when the epidemic broke out, we found ourselves in a situation which often required very costly measures.

“It affects people’s lives. So early action has to be taken in time. This is very important, ”insists the academic.

In the fight against the coronavirus, the Middle Kingdom takes today to a higher stage by using in particular infrared sensors which would be able to detect cases of coronavirus in the airports and the stations, report the media.

The giant Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, is behind this technology. It uses an infrared beam which measures the temperature of the passengers without them noticing. If this device meets a feverish person, it can simply prevent him from traveling, which seems to be an effective solution to not spread the virus.

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