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Life Sciences Insights: Partnering with Technology to Deliver Insights

Dawn Faint

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November 8, 2018

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been met with trepidation by many who fear its emergence will eliminate jobs, and in some cases whole professions.In some instances, such as with routine tasks that can be easily automated, that hesitation may be warranted. 

Intelligence Cycle

In other circumstances, AI will act as an enabler for humans. Technology offers advantages in some areas, including the Collection and Processing steps of the Intelligence Cycle. These important, yet repetitive, time and data-intensive tasks consume a large percentage of an intelligence professional’s time, reaching 50% in Cipher’s experience, and lessens the available time for activities such as Analysis which requires human intelligence to be impactful.

Although AI is progressing faster than ever before, there remain certain attributes of human cognition that machines cannot (yet) replicate. The table below illustrates some of the advantages of both Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence:

Artificial Intelligence

Human Intelligence

Ability to automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks.

Ability to learn from limited data and solve problems with limited computational resource.

Ability to respond quickly and precisely to control signals, and apply great force smoothly and precisely.

Ability to deal with uncertainty by improvising and using flexible procedures.

Ability to store vast amounts of information briefly, then erase it completely.

Possesses a highly efficient visual processing system with the ability to extract semantic information from visual scenes.

Ability to do many different tasks simultaneously.

Ability to acquire knowledge from the outside world and build internal models accordingly.

Ability to reason deductively, including computational ability.

Ability to reason inductively and exercise judgment.

In the near future, AI will assist more professionals than it replaces as the combination of human and machine will perform more effectively than either working alone. The impacts of AI are already being felt in the Healthcare industry: technology collects patient data, mines medical records, designs treatment plans and enables drug discovery. These advancements result in time savings and better outcomes for patients.

AI-enabled technologies such as Semantic Analysis and Natural Language Processing (NLP) have already made an impact on the collection, processing and dissemination of information. As part of the intelligence process, these technologies streamline the Collection phase making it less labor intensive, enabling the inclusion of thousands of sources at once. In the Processing phase technology can expose previously unknown relationships between entities which may lead to the awareness of new entrants, products or technologies.

In a practical application of this technology, Cipher’s Knowledge360® platform allows for the global 24/7/365 monitoring of sources, products and markets to mitigate threats and uncover opportunities or unmet needs. It also allows for the customization of data feeds based on the needs of a single team or an entire enterprise, expanding as your organizational needs grow. Our solutions support the need for both artificial and human intelligence through our market-leading Cipher-as-a-Service (CIaaS) option where we combine our technology with consulting services, bringing human analysts to the table to provide more support when you need it.

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Dawn Faint
Dawn Faint

Dawn helps companies in the Life Sciences space map their competitive environment, develop intelligence strategies which identify risks, and position them for future growth. Prior to joining Cipher, Dawn worked for many years in the Healthcare space in leadership roles at Cigna, Schering-Plough, Pharmacia (now Pfizer) and Johnson & Johnson companies Ortho Biotech and Ortho-McNeil, and in the Management Consulting space for Right Management.

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