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Indian Millennial parents most likely globally to trust AI technologies for diagnoses and treatments, according to IEEE

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today unveiled "Generation AI 2018: Second Annual Study of Millennial Parents of Generation Alpha Kids."  The survey illuminates how millennial parents in India, U.K., U.S., China and Brazil with Generation Alpha children (eight years-old or younger), think growing up with health- and medical-related AI technology will impact the lives of their children. Born from 2010-2025, Generation Alpha is considered by many to be the most tech-infused demographic, and AI technologies are expected to infiltrate nearly every aspect of their lives.  

Generation Alpha Trend Watch: Babies Wearing AI Health Trackers
Experts say wearable technology will soon be able to track patient health data, and by using AI and machine learning, physicians and wearable users will then be able to gain a better understanding of changes in that patient's health. Millennial parents across the globe are most comfortable letting their Generation Alpha children use wearables to track their health starting with their teenage years (33 percent). However, more than half (58 percent) would have those ranging from as young as infancy to five years-old (including toddlers) wear them.  

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In the next decade AI will be even more developed, prompting clear majorities of Millennial parents in various countries to say they would have at least some trust in AI technologies for diagnoses and treatments of their Generation Alpha children.
  • More than half (56 percent) of Millennial parents globally said they would have at least “a great deal of” trust, with India (80 percent) leading the way. 

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Experts say that in the future when people are ill they will be able to converse with a speech recognition-powered chatbot.  The chatbot will use AI to compare the symptoms communicated against a database of diseases, patient history and circumstances, then recommend a course of action.  How likely are Millennial parents across the globe to use an AI and speech recognition-powered chatbot to diagnose their sick Generation Alpha child, according to the survey? 

  • Eighty-three percent of Millennial parents in India said that they are likely to use an AI chatbot to diagnose their sick child in the future, including more than a third (38 percent) saying they are extremely likely. 

Facial recognition software and machine learning are also helping clinicians diagnose rare diseases by analyzing patient photos and correlating detected irregularities with rare genetic diseases.  As for how comfortable Millennial parents would be using such technology to seek answers if they had concerns about their child’s health:

  • More than eight out of ten Millennial parents from Asia (84 percent in India), say they would be very comfortable using this technology for diagnosing their child. 

Robot Surgeons Get a Thumbs up to Operate on Millennials’ Children
Surgical robots powered by artificial intelligence are bringing new innovations and accuracy to the operating room. 
  • Millennial parents in India are significantly more likely (78 percent) to allow robots powered by AI to conduct surgery on their Generation Alpha child

In Life or Death Decisions for Generation Alpha Kids or Their Own Parents, Millennials Trust Doctors Relying on AI
When asked whether they strongly or somewhat agree with the statement that they would trust doctors that base their recommendations on data coming from AI to make life or death decisions regarding their Generation Alpha children:
  • More than half (51 percent) of Millennial parents in India say they strongly agree with this statement, while less than one out of 10 parents in India (5 percent) disagreed with this statement. 

Real-Time AI Health Monitoring and Data Tracking Will Become Routine in the Future
Majorities of Millennial parents across the globe are confident AI will make real-time, round-the-clock monitoring and data tracking of their health -- including AI-powered reminders for medicine, exercise and doctor’s visits -- a routine practice, especially in Asia. 
  • Indian Millennial parents are overwhelmingly confident (88 percent) that this practice will become routine.

Millennials See Cancer Eradicated in Generation Alpha’s Lifetime, Thanks to AI
Medical imaging coupled with AI can now diagnose many forms of cancer even before anything is suspected.  According to the survey, Millennial parents in Asia are significantly more likely to think AI medical breakthroughs in the future will likely eradicate cancer during their Generation Alpha children’s lifetime. 
  • A majority of Millennial parents in India (83 percent) think AI medical breakthroughs will eradicate cancer.

"Generation AI 2018: Second Annual Study of Millennial Parents of Generation Alpha Kids" surveyed 2,000 parents, aged 20–36 years-old, with at least one child eight years old or younger -- 400 each in the United States, United Kingdom, India, China and Brazil. The surveys were conducted May 17-23, 2018. 

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