AI as a Force for Good  

Green hydrogen, multi-hazard early warning systems, and water purification and treatment technologies are among the top solutions that could help achieve the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) if deployed at scale, according to the Technology as a Force for Good 2024 report. Part of the Force for Good Initiative launched in support of the UN Secretary General’s strategy and roadmap for sustainable development, the report also highlights solutions such as generative AI and agtech, and argues that the delivery of reliable and affordable global broadband connectivity could potentially have the biggest impact on SDGs. The digital economy is expected to represent more than 20% of global GDP by next year, with AI predicated to add up to US$26 trillion of economic value annually by the end of the decade. Ketan Patel, Chairman at Force for Good, said: “With one foot in the 20th century and one in the 21st century, the current trajectory to dangerous and destructive conflicts need to be replaced with a positive mission to solutions that provide human security for all. Our work shows that the SDGs are deliverable using today’s technologies and solutions, and AI is set to be a powerful force in making that happen.” AI automation could place nearly 30% of jobs across OECD countries at risk, the report says, which suggests there should be global agreement on how to manage it. “This requires the tech industry to take the lead in making history by rolling out technology at scale across the world and driving the world into the next era,” Patel added. “The resulting prosperity might be our best chance of leveraging every one of us a force for good in the world.” 

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