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AI Is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty. Here's Why

AI Is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty. Here’s Why

For good or bad, artificial intelligence has become ubiquitous. Thanks to AI, Amazon recommends items based on your browsing and purchase history. Facebook presents you with targeted ads after crawling your online profile and learning your behavior. And artificially intelligent smartphone apps respond to queries, recognize faces in photographs, and help you remember where you …

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Exploring the Critical Intersection between the Humanities and Artificial Intelligence

Exploring the Critical Intersection between the Humanities and Artificial Intelligence

In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities Artificial intelligence has infiltrated our daily lives—in the ways we conduct business, govern, provide healthcare and security, and communicate. The large-scale cultural and societal implications of these changes—and the ethical questions they raise—pose a serious challenge as we embrace a future increasingly shaped by the implementation of …

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Human-AI Interaction (HAX)

Human-AI Interaction (HAX)

What is Human-AI Interaction (HAX)? Human-AI interaction studies and designs how humans and artificial intelligence (AI) systems communicate and collaborate. AI systems are computer programs that can perform tasks that usually require human intelligence, such as understanding natural language, recognizing images, making decisions, and learning from data. Human-AI interaction aims to create AI systems that …

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Global Perspectives on Digital Health Shubs Upadhyay

5 episodes The podcast delves into the realm of health tech, highlighting a common trend: a focus primarily on the US, EU, and UK. However, it advocates for a broader perspective, urging listeners to look beyond this bubble and consider the innovations happening in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These regions face significant digital and …

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How AI ‘sees’ the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

How AI ‘sees’ the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

Visualising wealth and poverty through AI. Authors, CC BY-SA To most effectively deliver aid to alleviate poverty, you have to know where the people most in need are. In many countries, this is often done with household surveys. But these are usually infrequent and cover limited locations. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have created …

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Making AI work for us

Making AI work for us

Ethical and responsible artificial intelligence is an accelerator for sustainable development Whether it’s cause for excitement or concern, artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone’s lips. This branch of computer science creates tools capable of collecting, analysing and interpreting data, and then using that information to make decisions or perform actions. Recognizing its potential as well …

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The 3 Types of Artificial Intelligence: ANI, AGI, and ASI

The 3 Types of Artificial Intelligence: ANI, AGI, and ASI

types of AI Need Computer Vision? Viso Suite is the world’s only end-to-end computer vision platform. Request a demo. There has been an immense rise in artificial intelligence (AI) applications across various industries recently and it is important to study their capabilities and impact. We can broadly recognize three types of artificial intelligence: Narrow or …

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Taking Action to Create a Future Where AI Benefits Us All

Taking Action to Create a Future Where AI Benefits Us All

Jo Stewart Rattray Having worked to establish ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program and participated in the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women , the underrepresentation of women in the tech workforce has been top of mind for me for many years. Now, the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence is amping up both risks and opportunities …

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AI Will Transform the Global Economy. Let’s Make Sure It Benefits Humanity.

Credit: X-poser/Adobe Stock We are on the brink of a technological revolution that could jumpstart productivity, boost global growth and raise incomes around the world. Yet it could also replace jobs and deepen inequality. The rapid advance of artificial intelligence has captivated the world, causing both excitement and alarm, and raising important questions about its …

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What the Top 10 ICTworks Themes of 2023 Say About ICT4D in 2024

What the Top 10 ICTworks Themes of 2023 Say About ICT4D in 2024

ict4d trends 2024 ictworks I started ICTworks fifteen (15!) years ago to engage ICT4D leaders. Now this humble site is the blog of record for the digital development community. We have 25,000 email subscribers from around the world , with a majority of readers from the Global South. I regularly cull that subscriber list to …

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Public Interest Computing: Pluralistic Design of Ethically Responsible AI and Policy

Public Interest Computing: Pluralistic Design of Ethically Responsible AI and Policy

Abstract AI-enabled systems profoundly shape our daily lives, influencing our interactions with the world. Despite their vast impact, advanced AI technologies, like large language models (LLMs), often elude billions grappling with poverty and global climate challenges. This inequity underscores the urgent need for policy-oriented AI research focused on driving social change and sustainable development. This …

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2024 New Grant Opportunities for Individuals Working in Any Sector

2024 New Grant Opportunities for Individuals Working in Any Sector

Call for Submissions: Sustainable Management of High Altitude Rangelands/Wetlands in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Deadline: 15 January 2024 New Year, New Grants Supercharge your 2024 Projects with our P remium Membership – now at an 85% New Year Discount! Don’t miss out – grab the offer today! The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) …

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India must grab the AI opportunity to speed up growth

India must grab the AI opportunity to speed up growth

From enabling faster detection of diseases and driving cutting-edge innovations in manufacturing to enabling financial inclusion for the under-banked, AI will take technology to every Indian’s doorstep. Summary We have grown so used to AI working behind the scenes to improve our web experience that we don’t even sense it but the next wave will …

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From AI to net zero: revisit GGF’s most popular webinars of 2023

From AI to net zero: revisit GGF’s most popular webinars of 2023

Global Government Forum’s regular webinars attract public servants from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing issues faced across government. Here are some of 2023’s most popular sessions The growing impact of climate change has been laid bare this year. July saw the three hottest days on record, while wildfires spread across …

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View From the Street: Imaging Poverty and Wealth Around the World

View From the Street: Imaging Poverty and Wealth Around the World

An example of the contrasts of urban inequality. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com) About 55% of the global population lives in cities , where wealthy and poor communities often dwell side by side. Visual information from city streetscapes – the collection of buildings, vegetation, and other features that align roadways – can provide insight into urban …

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Call for Applications: AI for Humanitarian – Shaping Future Innovation

Call for Applications: AI for Humanitarian – Shaping Future Innovation

Deadline: 22-Jan-24 Supporting a cohort of humanitarian practitioners to pioneer a problem–led approach and explore the opportunities and risks associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Elrha is currently inviting practitioners to identify areas of future impact, ripe for further investigation and potential investment. End the year on a high note! Enjoy massive savings on premium membership …

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Lay3rs Team First Platform Build3rs Enters Beta Testnet to Create Tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun Digital Twin

Lay3rs Team First Platform Build3rs Enters Beta Testnet to Create Tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun Digital Twin

NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lay3rs Team unveils it is co-developing 3D environment reconstruction technology using artificial intelligence (AI) Zigg-E to preserve world heritage and create the digital twin of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Lay3rs Team, a groundbreaking startup backed by the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) , is at the forefront of innovation …

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Lay3rs Team First Platform Build3rs Enters Beta Testnet to Create Tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun Digital Twin

Lay3rs Team First Platform Build3rs Enters Beta Testnet to Create Tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun Digital Twin

NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lay3rs Team unveils it is co-developing 3D environment reconstruction technology using artificial intelligence (AI) Zigg-E to preserve world heritage and create the digital twin of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Lay3rs Team, a groundbreaking startup backed by the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) , is at the forefront of innovation …

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Apply Now: £250,000 Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarians Grant Fund

Apply Now: £250,000 Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarians Grant Fund

Artificial Intelligence Humanitarian Aid Grants Humanitarian aid workers have a responsibility to ensure they use artificial intelligence to capitalize on the technology’s potential to respond more effectively to ever more acute and protracted humanitarian crises, while also ensuring measures are in place to protect those communities from the potential harms of AI. Sign Up Now …

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The Squishy Robot That Walks: The Pros and Cons of AI Seeing Things That We Don’t

The Squishy Robot That Walks: The Pros and Cons of AI Seeing Things That We Don’t

An AI built a robot that can walk in a way we can’t comprehend. Without Explainable AI, this is a genie in a box that poses incredible opportunities — as well as a few risks. Artificial Intelligence – Computer Code on a Screen In October, an artificial intelligence (AI) system was instructed to create a …

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Not child’s play: protecting children’s data in humanitarian AI ecosystems

Not child’s play: protecting children’s data in humanitarian AI ecosystems

In times of crisis and conflict, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (AI/ML) might become as much part of the problem as the solution. An ever-growing number of children in need risk having their data used as part of AI systems that do not implement safeguards and protections for vulnerable populations. Given the short- …

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Enhancing Narrative Extraction through Causal Natural Language Processing

Revolutionise the field of information analysis About this project If you are seeking to build a career in natural language processing and deep learning, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a hands-on project-based PhD within the Industrial AI Research Centre (IAI), in partnership with the Defence Science and …

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Mapping Educational Materials and Assessment for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Era: Adapting to AI Writing Tools

Mapping Educational Materials and Assessment for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Era: Adapting to AI Writing Tools

About this project Artificial Intelligence (AI) generative writing tools are transforming the way we write and learn, they also raise new questions and challenges for education. How can we adapt our educational materials and assessment methods to the AI era, and ensure that they are aligned with the goals and values of education? This project …

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AI-powered satellite analysis reveals the unseen economic landscape of underdeveloped nations

AI-powered satellite analysis reveals the unseen economic landscape of underdeveloped nations

Image 1. Nightlight satellite images of North Korea (Top-left: Background photo provided by NASA’s Earth Observatory). South Korea appears brightly lit compared to North Korea, which is mostly dark except for Pyongyang. In contrast, the model developed by the research team uses daytime satellite imagery to predict more detailed economic predictions for North Korea (top-right) …

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North Korea and beyond: AI-powered satellite analysis reveals the unseen economic landscape of underdeveloped nations​

North Korea and beyond: AI-powered satellite analysis reveals the unseen economic landscape of underdeveloped nations​

Image 1 The United Nations reports that more than 700 million people are in extreme poverty, earning less than two dollars a day. However, an accurate assessment of poverty remains a global challenge. For example, 53 countries have not conducted agricultural surveys in the past 15 years, and 17 countries have not published a population …

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Max Huang: How China can improve its education systems

Max Huang: How China can improve its education systems

smolaw11/Getty Images/iStockphoto China’s improvement in this area could positively impact its humanitarian reputation worldwide. “The school near us wouldn’t enroll him,” the mother of a disabled child in China’s Henan Province, shouted in despair. “Why wouldn’t they let us go to school?” This is a common issue faced by many disabled children in rural areas …

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Mapping Educational Materials and Assessment for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Era: Adapting to AI Writing Tools

Mapping Educational Materials and Assessment for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Era: Adapting to AI Writing Tools

About this project Artificial Intelligence (AI) generative writing tools are transforming the way we write and learn, they also raise new questions and challenges for education. How can we adapt our educational materials and assessment methods to the AI era, and ensure that they are aligned with the goals and values of education? This project …

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How AI 'sees' the world: What happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

How AI ‘sees’ the world: What happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

Visualising wealth and poverty through AI. Credit: Authors, CC BY-SA To most effectively deliver aid to alleviate poverty, you have to know where the people most in need are. In many countries, this is often done with household surveys. But these are usually infrequent and cover limited locations. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have …

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Artificial Intelligence: Delving into the wicked problem of poverty.

Artificial Intelligence: Delving into the wicked problem of poverty.

As the Global Working Group (WG) Liaison for UN PRME North America, which includes the United States and Canada, I have been invited to join a panel of prestigious leaders to present an all-conference session titled Cross Regional Chapter and Cross Working Groups. The WGs of the United Nations include Business and Human Rights, Business …

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EPFL's new Large Language Model for Medical Knowledge

EPFL’s new Large Language Model for Medical Knowledge

EPFL researchers have just released Meditron, the world’s best performing open source Large Language Model tailored to the medical field designed to help guide clinical decision-making. Large language models (LLMs) are deep learning algorithms trained on vast amounts of text to learn billions of mathematical relationships between words (also called ‘parameters’). They are familiar to …

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How AI 'sees' the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

How AI ‘sees’ the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

Visualising wealth and poverty through AI. Authors, CC BY-SA To most effectively deliver aid to alleviate poverty, you have to know where the people most in need are. In many countries, this is often done with household surveys. But these are usually infrequent and cover limited locations. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have created …

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How AI ‘sees’ the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

How AI ‘sees’ the world – what happened when we trained a deep learning model to identify poverty

Visualising wealth and poverty through AI. To most effectively deliver aid to alleviate poverty, you have to know where the people most in need are. In many countries, this is often done with household surveys. But these are usually infrequent and cover limited locations. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have created a step change …

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Keeping AI progress human-centred. ACN’s Ciardi speaking

Keeping AI progress human-centred. ACN’s Ciardi speaking

Speaking at the Luiss Women Economic Forum in Rome, the Deputy Director-General of Italy’s National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN) zeroed in on artificial intelligence’s dual nature as a process optimiser and disruptive force. She stressed the need for governance and algorethics, the throughline of Italy’s push on AI within its 2024 G-7 chairmanship. Here’s her speech …

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‘It’s a rain gauge for disease’ : An Otago-based company’s AI-assisted technology has a trove of applications

‘It’s a rain gauge for disease’ : An Otago-based company’s AI-assisted technology has a trove of applications

Techion founder Greg Mirams with laboratory manager Lisa Growden. Photo / Ben Tomsett An Otago-born technology designed to detect parasites in livestock has found a shedload of unexpected applications worldwide. Since 1992, Mosgiel based tech group Techion has continually developed a user-friendly microscope to count parasite eggs in sheep faeces samples, giving a clear idea …

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AI for Humanity

Mila is a nonprofit mostly funded by the public. Social responsibility has always been at the core of our values, and we carefully pick our projects and partners to minimize risks of societal harm. AI offers great opportunities but also carries risks that should be taken into account and tackled at all stages of research, …

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UK announces AI system for Pakistan designed to detect, track early forest fires: Jane Marriott

Israel claims control of Gaza port, calls for further evacuations in south UK announces AI system for Pakistan designed to detect, track early forest fires: Jane Marriott ISLAMABAD (APP): In a bold move to address environmental challenges in Pakistan, the British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Jane Marriott OBE, has announced a groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) …

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Will.i.am receives Tech for Global Good humanitarian award

Will.i.am receives Tech for Global Good humanitarian award

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, left, speaks with musician and tech entrepreneur will.i.am, who was presented with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award at the Tech for Global Good celebration at the Signia by Hilton hotel in downtown San Jose on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group) You’re probably familiar with will.i.am …

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It’s Time To Prescribe Frameworks For AI-Driven Health Care

In this Law360 article, partners Kate Hardey and Robert Kantrowitz and associate Micah Desaire discuss new opportunities and legal and regulatory challenges as healthcare providers begin to adopt AI in clinical settings. The health care industry stands to gain significantly from the surge of innovation and interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning. AI and …

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Humanitarian organisations invest in AI to improve their work

Humanitarian organisations invest in AI to improve their work

The International Committee of the Red Cross began using AI in 2019 to detect anti-personnel mines more effectively. AI can be used for an infinite number of tasks. It can answer your questions, produce images, or even create a virtual friend for you. More recently, it has been saving lives. The International Committee of the …

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Preparing Our Children for the AI-Driven World: Why Robin Hood is championing computational thinking

Preparing Our Children for the AI-Driven World: Why Robin Hood is championing computational thinking

Computational thinking—the ability to ask questions and solve problems with computers—is an essential skill in today’s digitally-driven world – and even more so with the advent of generative artificial intelligence (AI). AI has the potential to be game changing for American workers and our economy; it stands to increase productivity, raise wages, and improve our …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the AI for Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals Event

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the AI for Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals Event

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you. Thank you very much. It is wonderful to be back here at the New York Public Library. And I have to say at the outset that I very much share my good friend and colleague James Cleverly’s sense of optimism. It is an occupational hazard. In fact, I think we’re both …

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