Artificial intelligence (AI) has been defined as “a feature where machines learn to perform tasks, rather than simply carrying out computations that are input by human users.” AI has been around since the 1950s. But the rapid growth of AI in the 2010s and 2020s has led to an explosion of AI applications for health communication. For instance, chatbots (or virtual assistants) are software programs that mimic human speech and text.
These innovations have implications for health literacy. Below is a collection of resources on the use of AI in health communication.