Hari Bhimaraju

The How and Why of Artificial Intelligence: Preventive Medicine and Ethics

There are two main questions in AI as we approach a future straight from our imagination: how and why. The former is what a majority of the scientific and technological communities are focused on. Currently, medical practice around the world is primarily curative; the focus is on treating disease and illness once patients are diagnosed. AI allows us to shift to a preventive medicinal approach, which consists of systematic analyses of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic data to propose personalized, patient-centric recommendations that predict and prevent ailments. I will discuss this how in the context of my research in preventive health. However, with all the excitement surrounding novel technologies and the seemingly infinite potential of AI, the question of why often takes the backseat. I co-led one of the student Ethics in AI groups for nonprofit AI4ALL. We wrote a case-study-based research paper that takes the format of problem-example, case study-potential solution in various fields of AI, such as dataset biases, NLP, gun violence, and more. Through our paper, which is geared towards the common public, we hope to tackle the question of why AI? We strive to increase AI education, literacy, and youth involvement, not just in the technological aspects of AI but in all its intersecting fields: policy, education, business, and more.

Hari is a junior at The Harker School. She is an avid tinkerer and inventor, combining her love for technology and community service to make various tools for the visually impaired that have been distributed at blind schools around the country. Her explorations gave her the honor of presenting at the 2016 White House Science Fair, where she met Mr. and Mrs. Obama. She has been interning and conducting research at the Institute of Future Health at UC Irvine since 2017 and the Stanford Medical School since 2019. Hari leads Maker—programming and electronics for social good—classes and organizes startup camps at nonprofit Donum Visi, raising funds for the visually impaired and encouraging technological innovation in all youth. She is the Operations President in her school’s FRC robotics team and a founding member of the Global Youth Entrepreneurs. She loves to sing and dance, participating in both her schools performing arts programs and Indian classical culture organizations.

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