AI is seen as many things – as a revolutionary tech that would change the way we work, as a technology that would change the way we communicate and a platform that would enhance the workflow in complicated organizations. But there is one very different strength of AI that is seldom spoken about and that is its efficiency in improving the development of the developing nations. In fact it can be a game changer when it comes to reforming the economy of the developing nations. The major world nations are already growing by leaps and bounds in adopting AI in every industry. While we still scratch the surface of AI there are deep rooted benefits that are yet to be tapped. Artificial intelligence in its various forms is seen as an expensive sophisticated technology. But the truth is that the cost spent in establishing an AI system would be one of the best investments made by a developing country. We have set imaginary boundaries to what AI can do and what it cannot. When we break these boundaries there are numerous opportunities to explore.
Agriculture done the smart way
A majority of the developing countries in the world rely on agriculture as the major source of economy. This is, in fact, one domain where the role of humans is very important. But automation in agriculture can introduce a much needed support for the human labor involved. The farmers who cannot afford labor cost to carry out farming in their lands would be able to rely on AI as a one-time investment that can save them lots of money in the long run. The below are a few possibilities of using artificial intelligence in agriculture-
- Drone technology is being tapped in various industries. In agriculture AI incorporated drones can help in monitoring the fields periodically. Image analysis and pattern recognition can help understand the crop health and this would mean that farmers would be able to get real time information about how their crops are growing. Any diseases, if present, can be identified at an early stage. So the infected crops could be isolated before the infection spreads to the other crops in the field.
- Soil analysis could also be done in a similar way with the power of imaging systems that can help pick out the most suitable crops for a field. The ground water table could be studied and the irrigation pattern that suits the field and the crops the best can be figured out. All these can improve the efficiency of the farmers and thus result in better yields.
- Drones could also be used to remotely monitor and manage sowing of the seeds and can thus help cut down the labor charges.
With many such ways to use the artificial intelligence technology in agriculture, developing nations that come forward to adopt AI at an early stage would be able to improve their farming methods permanently.
Quality healthcare delivered promptly
There are some areas in developing nations where it might be nearly impossible to send help at times of emergencies. Drones and unmanned systems can be used to deliver medicines as well as food and other essentials at times of emergencies. Timely healthcare assistance would also improve the mortality rates in developing nations. Leave alone the times of emergencies- there are NGOs that are willing to help the regions that badly need some basic resources. AI makes it easier to identify such regions and ensure that help reaches them as early as possible. When we talk about resources it could include drinking water, food, healthcare needs and many such factors.
Better manufacturing capabilities would come as a boon to the growing economy
Developing countries house some of the most popular manufacturing units in the world. With the easy availability of manpower the right amount of technology can make it easy to create a revolutionary manufacturing unit that excels in every aspect. AI can make it easy to implement smart manufacturing units. Energy efficiency of the systems can also be significantly refined which can be a great cost saving measure for the growing nations. Artificial intelligence can make the workplace safer for the employees. Quality control automation also gets simpler. The overall efficiency of the supply chain also improves in the long run.
Create better jobs
Unemployment is one of the biggest threats to the economy of any country. Developing countries find unemployment to be the major hurdle to their success. AI in Jobs can help better in the developing nations. It is true that several areas can be automated and thus there are jobs that could be killed. But this would in turn be followed by the creation of better quality jobs with better pay scales as well. Better paying jobs and a reduction in the unemployment rate means that the GDP would also eventually grow.
Be a part of the changing economies
The world nations have just started exploring the many faces of AI. This might be an old concept but the mass adoption is pretty new. So if there is a developing country that comes forward to take the daring step of investing in artificial intelligence it would be a clever move. Relying too much on the outdated systems can be harmful for the growth of a country. So the strategies would have to be revised in order to suit the current trends. Developing nations would easily be able to establish that change if they join the league right now. Harnessing the power of AI is not going to be an easy ride. But the struggle would be worthwhile. Imports and exports businesses, manufacturing in general, farming and healthcare as well as the scenario of startups would all become brighter for the developing nations that tap the potential of artificial intelligence. The growth might be slow but it surely would be a steady one. The major drivers of economy would benefit from the modernization of the methodologies and it would also open up the path for the future generations.