Ambient Intelligence: Where AI and IoT Meet

There is an excellent introduction to the concept of ambient intelligence and its uses in healthcare in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine:

“Ambient intelligence in hospitals is an emerging form of technology characterized by a constant awareness of activity in designated physical spaces and of the use of that awareness to assist health care workers such as physicians and nurses in delivering quality care. Recently, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and, in particular, computer vision, the domain of AI focused on machine interpretation of visual data, have propelled broad classes of ambient intelligence applications based on continuous video capture.”

The article raises the important questions of hospital worker consent, and incidental capture of information on bystanders.  I think we can expect to hear more about “ambient intelligence” in the relatively near future.

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