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AI is an opportunity to build trust with the Global South: UN's Amandeep Singh Gill
AI presents opportunity to build trust with the Global South | Global Stage

AI is an opportunity to build trust with the Global South: UN's Amandeep Singh Gill

AI is a test case for addressing the ballooning trust deficit with the Global South, says the UN Secretary-General's special technology envoy Amandeep Singh Gill. If the Global South is not included meaningfully, it will widen the gap, with real geopolitical implications.

At a GZERO Global Stage discussion broadcast from the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gill warns that we can equitably spread the benefits of AI only if we step outside current business models, working with the Global South to integrate more practices like public-private partnerships. If we're truly serious about bridging the digital divide, says Gill, "we need to work together on those issues. That'll build you the trust with the Global South."

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AI for all: Leave no one behind, says Microsoft's Brad Smith
AI for all: Leave no one behind, says Microsoft's Brad Smith | Global Stage

AI for all: Leave no one behind, says Microsoft's Brad Smith

Artificial intelligence could level the playing field for individuals across an array of disciplines...if people have access to it. Microsoft’s Vice Chair and President Brad Smith, points out that access to AI tech remains a privilege that is still unavailable to hundreds of millions around the world.

Speaking in a GZERO Global Stage discussion from the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith points out that while the conversation about AI seems advanced in Davos, a lot of people in the Global South don't yet have access to AI, let alone basic needs like electricity, access to electronic devices, and internet connectivity.

“In a sense, we do the Global South a tremendous disservice if we talk about AI all the time as the next thing,” he said. First, "close the electricity divide, the broadband connectivity divide, the device divide, and then you can close the AI divide on top of it."

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"Access is a fundamental right" - Digital activist Vilas Dhar
"Access is a fundamental right" - Digital activist Vilas Dhar | Global Stage | GZERO Media

"Access is a fundamental right" - Digital activist Vilas Dhar

The world is fast becoming increasingly digital, with 60% of global GDP driven by digital participation, but over two billion people still lack basic connectivity access.

Vilas Dhar, a leading activist for a more equitable tech-enabled world, emphasizes three elements contributing to this divide: connectivity, data gaps, and technical capacity.

“Access is a fundamental right and not something to be solved by delivering a last mile piece of fiber or connectivity.” he commented during a Global Stage livestream event at UN headquarters in New York on September 22, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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US-China tech tensions: the impact on the global digital landscape
US-China tech tensions: the impact on the global digital landscape | Digital Nations | GZERO Media

US-China tech tensions: the impact on the global digital landscape

As the digital world continues to grow and evolve, there still exists a digital divide between the US and China. Alexis Serfaty, director of geotechnology at Eurasia Group, in a GZERO livestream presented by Visa, says that has long as US-China relations continue to be involved in a “tech cold war,” other countries, especially in developed regions, may find themselves compelled to take sides when it comes to adopting new technology infrastructure and standards. Global data divergencies and disparities in regulation of data would eventually fall on to the consumer, as their own experiences and standards would diverge, says Serfaty.

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2 billion new internet users joined in 5 years but growth is uneven
2 billion new internet users joined in 5 years but growth is uneven | Digital Nations | GZERO Media

2 billion new internet users joined in 5 years but growth is uneven

A whopping two billion new internet users have come online in the past five years. This transformative shift, driven in part by the pandemic, has revolutionized the way people learn and work. But it’s important to note that this growth is not evenly distributed, and significant efforts are required, particularly in Africa, to bridge the digital divide, says Digital Impact Alliance CEO Priya Vora.

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The fight to “connect every last person” to the internet
The fight to “connect every last person” to the internet | Global Stage | GZERO Media

The fight to “connect every last person” to the internet

Doreen Bogdan-Marin spends a lot of time thinking about how to keep the world connected as the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union. The biggest frontier in that realm is expanding internet access to those in the developing world who struggle to get online.

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AI at the tipping point: danger to information, promise for creativity
AI at the Tipping Point: Danger to Information, Promise for Creativity | Global Stage | GZERO Media

AI at the tipping point: danger to information, promise for creativity

Artificial intelligence is on everyone's mind these days.

But while some people are using tools like ChatGPT to write a college essay, others are thinking about how to deploy the same tech to beat the stock market — or, if you're a sneaky politician, perhaps rig an election on social media. The potential for AI to mess up democracy is scary, but the truth is that it can also make the world a better place.

So, are bots good or bad for us? We asked a few experts to weigh in during the Global Stage livestream conversation "Risks and Rewards of AI," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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“Essential workers” and the inequality of work
“Essential Workers” and the Inequality of Work | GZERO World

“Essential workers” and the inequality of work

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant discusses the "essential workers" who kept the world going throughout the pandemic and didn't get to work from home. According to Grant, the US should be rethinking its policy on essential work. "Where was hazard pay for all the teachers? For all the medical professionals? For all the warehouse workers who put their lives at risk to keep the world running, and to try to keep the economy alive as well?" asked Grant, in an interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Watch the episode: Adam Grant reimagines work after COVID

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