Humans are wired to deal with immediate threats like that what’s that moving in the bushes.
However, for long-term threats like climate change, people suffer from cognitive bias that often makes us discount the extent threat or turn us into bystanders as we wait for someone else to deal with the problem.
How many times have people now said, “Why didn’t we do something sooner when we had the chance?” It has been incredible to see our medical heroes and front-line workers in grocery stores, food services, retail, delivery services, and so forth help keep society going.
However, this only occurred when Covid-19 went from a long-term threat to a full-blown pandemic and immediate threat.
So, if humanity can’t manage long-term threats well, who can we turn to help us? AI is helping to study long-term effects by “photographic memory”, the AI system can start discerning subtle pattern changes even on a day-by-day basis.
If we teach the AI systems about long-term problems like climate change and pollution, it will keep a watchful eye on how these problems progress.
If we take it a step further, AI can even identify solutions to mitigate these threats, or, perhaps, even solve them before they become a danger.
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