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The Future Society publishes forward-looking paper on AI for SDGs in a Special Issue of Delphi Journal.

AI for Sustainable Development Goals

February 13, 2020

Advances in AI technologies pose opportunities and risks directly impacting progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In February’s Special Issue of the Delphi Journal focusing on the most pressing issues in the area of AI governance, The Future Society explores AI’s impact on the UN SDGs in a thought-provoking paper written by Nicolas Miailhe, Cyrus Hodes, Arohi Jain, Niki Iliadis, Sacha Alanoca, and Josephine Png. 

Through an analysis of specific use cases, the paper considers how AI technologies can help achieve progress towards the SDGs as well as how they may inhibit them. Second, it draws out practical steps for how AI technologies can be implemented for sustainable development, identifying the barriers that global and local communities need to overcome for implementation. Third, this paper makes the case for multi-stakeholder collaboration and new kinds of “public-private-people” partnerships which will reconcile technical, ethical, legal, commercial, and operational frameworks and protocols to harness the power of AI technologies and deliver solutions to the SDGs. These partnerships could be built and piloted by new international initiatives, such as the Global Data Access Framework and the AI4SDG Center spearheaded as part of a wider international partnership called AI Commons.

Delphi is a pioneering interdisciplinary review of emerging technologies as seen through the perspectives of experts from the fields of science and technology, ethics, economics, business and law. Inspired by the idea to encourage inclusive, thoughtful – and sometimes unsettling – debates on the many opportunities and challenges created by technological progress, the international quarterly review brings together authors with different professional backgrounds as well as opposing views. 


You can access the paper here.

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