"Artificial intelligence can be a great opportunity to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals. But any technological revolution leads to new imbalances that we must anticipate."
In cooperation with the Government of People’s Republic of China, UNESCO organized the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education, in Beijing, from 16 to 18 May 2019. The Conference adopted the Beijing Consensus, the first ever Consensus on AI and Education. The Consensus has been made available in six UN languages. The Final Report of the International Conference on AI and Education with points of debates of more than 120 AI in education experts and policy makers has been published too.
Rapid technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as other advancing technologies such as robotics, cloud computing and Internet of Things, are transforming disciplines, economies and industries, and challenging ideas about what it means to be human. AI has enormous potential for social good and promoting the achievement of the SDGs if it develops in a way that benefits humanity, respects global norms and standards, and is anchored in peace and development.
Voices on artificial intelligence
First High-level Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa
AI is already present on the continent through incubators for technological innovation and applications that provide school support or monitor the breathing of newborns.
But initiatives are still limited and, as everywhere else, they raise important ethical questions concerning the use of private data, freedom of expression, responsibility and human labour.
These subjects were at the heart of the two-day Forum, organized in Morocco from 12 to 13 December 2018, to enrich the global reflection by drawing up an assessment of an African scale,taking into account challenges, opportunities and issues specific to local contexts.