Technology and Innovation Boosting the Battle Against Coronavirus

by April 21, 2020

Since the first report of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, it has spread to at least 100 different nations. As China started its response to the infection, it inclined toward its solid innovation part and explicitly artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and technology to track and fight the pandemic while tech pioneers, including Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei and increasingly accelerated their organization’s healthcare activities. Thus, tech new companies are indispensably engaged with clinicians, academics, and government entities around the globe to actuate innovation as the virus keeps on spreading to numerous different nations.

The SARS pandemic of 2002-2004 catalyzed the transient development of a then-small ecommerce organization called Ali Baba and set up it at the cutting edge of retail in Asia. This development was energized by fundamental anxiety around traveling and human contact, like what we see today with Covid-19. The financial emergencies of 2008 additionally created its own problematic symptoms.

Airbnb and Uber shot up in prominence over the west as the subprime emergencies implied lower savings and income for the general population, constraining individuals to share resources as extra rooms and car rides so as to cover for the deficit. Multiplying down on this pattern, video game business models quickly changed also, with 2011 seeing the ascent of the free-to-play business model, on account of Nexon in Asia and King in the west.

With Covid-19, we are now observing early indications of a shift in how purchasers and organizations carry on. Remote working is being empowered by tech and non-tech organizations alike, airline profitability is getting affected by low seat occupancy, supply chains are getting disturbed all around and retail locations are coming up short on ibuprofen, dry goods and toilet paper en masse. Some of these progressions are immediate, short-term responses to the crises and will return to standard levels once Covid-19 is contained. Notwithstanding, some of these movements will progress forward, making a long-term digital disruption that will shape organizations for quite a long time to come.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has helped researchers and virologists to comprehend the hereditary properties of COVID-19 a lot quicker than some other virus before. It took just a month in China for researchers to reproduce the hereditary parts of the virus utilizing AI algorithms when compared with the breakout of SARS in 2003 which tool control more than a while to reproduce the genome succession.

London-based BenevolentAI drug-company has an AI-fueled algorithm that has made a few proposals of medications that might work to combat the infection obtained from an AI-based knowledge graph and is as of now in the trial stage. Additionally, Google’s AI wing, DeepMind has been deploying neural networks, a part of AI that works simply like a human mind with deep neurons, to comprehend further the protein structure of the virus. These protein structures help fit as a fiddle of receptors which can disrupt vital activities within the cells of a virus. Thus, potential focused on medications can be created.

Longer-term advancement and changes in trends will come to fruition as purchasers and organizations attempt sincerely to standardize the impact on psychological and economic dimensions if containment is reached and the biological effect is settled. Concentrating more than 50 startups that increased scale around the hours of worldwide emergencies by means of the lens of this framework clears the mist.

While absolutely a dubious utilization of technology and AI, China’s advanced surveillance system used facial recognition technology and temperature detection software SenseTime to recognize individuals who may have a fever and be bound to have the virus. Similar technology powers “smart helmets” utilized by authorities in the Sichuan region to recognize individuals with fevers.

The Chinese government has likewise built up a monitoring system called Health Code that utilizes big data to distinguish and evaluates the risk of every individual depending on their travel history, how much time they have spent in virus hotspots and potential exposure to individuals conveying the infection. Residents are allocated a color code (red, yellow, or green), which they can access by means of the famous applications WeChat or Alipay to show if they should be isolated or permitted in broad daylight.

A few nations have dismissed a huge number of medical masks, testing kits and ventilators from Chinese providers by virtue of being inadequate. The interdependence and inter-linkages of global value chains can make it hard to track and follow shipments and identify the source of untrustworthy and broken goods/components. With the developing need to battle fake medications, in 2018, NITI Aayog pilot-tested blockchain to make transparent drug supply chains because of its temperament of being permanent and responsible. It additionally permits Indian medication manufacturers to adhere to worldwide quality standards, accordingly increment their imprint in worldwide fares and launch the campaign to promote ‘Make in India’.

With billions of funds streaming into the charities for COVID-19 help, blockchain-based charity platforms can give incredible responsibility to track and deal with these funds. It gives transparency to donors to keep a record of where their funds are being utilized, the government can follow the effective utilisation of assets and guarantee that the funds are reaching the beneficiaries as targeted. Binance Charity Foundation is one such model that launched its donation portal at the UNCTAD World Investment Forum.