IEEE Examines How AI Technologies for Health and Wellness Could Impact the Most Tech-Infused Generation
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, unveiled “Generation AI 2019: Third Annual Study of Millennial Parents and Generation Alpha Kids.” The survey reveals the confidence Millennial parents in the US, UK, India, China and Brazil with Generation Alpha children (nine years-old or younger) may have in using AI and emerging technologies for the health and wellness of their children.
Millennial Parents Would Allow a 3D Printed Heart to be Implanted in Their Children
Human donor organ availability can mean the difference between life and death. But researchers are using 3D printing technologies to develop organs, including hearts that use human cells, collagen and biological molecules.
- A majority of parents (US: 52%; UK: 60%; Brazil: 75%; India: 92%; China: 94%) would be very comfortable allowing a properly tested/fully functional 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child if needed in the future.
- That said, some parents surveyed would be “extremely” comfortable allowing a 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child (India: 58%; China: 50%; Brazil: 42%) while others are not very comfortable (US: 48%; UK: 40%).
AI-Powered Virtual Nurse? Not When our Kids are in the Hospital, US and UK Parents Say
Though telehealth, AI and remote monitoring tools are helping nursing expand care beyond in-person bedside monitoring creating a practically virtual nurse, a majority of Millennial parents in the US (67%) and UK (57%) would not be very comfortable leaving their child in the care of an AI-powered virtual nurse during a hospital stay. Conversely, a majority of Millennial parents in China (88%), India (83%) and Brazil (61%) would be very comfortable leaving their child at the hospital in the care of an AI-powered virtual nurse.
US Millennial Parents an Exception to Allowing Robot Surgery on Children
Surgical robots powered by artificial intelligence are bringing new innovations and accuracy to the operating room.
- Millennial parents in Asia are significantly more likely to allow robots powered by AI to conduct surgery on their Generation Alpha child — even more so in 2019 as compared to 2018 (China: 94% in 2019 vs. 82% in 2018; India: 86% in 2019 vs. 78% in 2018), while in 2019, 51% in the UK (a six percent increase over 2018) and 46 percent of Millennial parents in the US (a 1% increase from 2018), say they would be very likely.
- In Brazil, 69% of Millennial parents in 2019 say they would be very likely to allow robots powered by AI conduct surgery as compared to 60% in 2018.
- What’s more, in 2019, 25 percent of Millennial parents in the US and 21 percent in the UK say they would be “not likely at all” to allow this surgery on their child.
Self-Driving School Buses — Stress Relief for Some Parents, Not Others
Juggling work and transporting kids to school on time can be stressful for both parents and children. Autonomous technologies are being deployed in self-driving buses piloted around the world, but Millennial parents are divided on how likely they would be to allow their child to take such transportation to school to minimize their stress, even if tested as safe and staffed by a caretaker robot.
A majority of American Millennial parents (58%) and UK parents (51%) say they are not very likely to allow their child to take a self-driving bus to school while a clear majority of parents in China (91%), India (87%) and Brazil (67%) say they are very likely to allow their child to take such a self-driving bus to school to minimize their stress.
Rare Genetic Diseases in a Snapshot
Machine learning is helping clinicians diagnose rare diseases by analyzing patient photos and correlating detected irregularities with rare genetic diseases. Millennial parents concerned about their child are universally comfortable using this technology to seek answers, though those in Asia are the most comfortable.
- Millennial parents from Asia (India: 90%; China: 89%) say they would be very comfortable using this technology for diagnosing their child.
- More than three-quarters of Brazilian Millennial parents (78%) say they would be very comfortable using this technology to diagnose their child, while 57% of Millennial parents in the US as well as the UK say the same.
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