AI Solving Sustainable Development Goals
AI for global good — Accelerating the SDGs
How can the power of AI be harnessed for social good? How can it accelerate the SDGs? There are a growing number of use cases for AI enabling the SDGs. Here are a few of them:
AI will provide real-time resource allocation through satellite mapping and data analysis of poverty.
Agriculture productivity is increased through predicative analysis from imaging with automated drones and from satellites. Nearly 50% of crops are lost through waste, over consumption and production inefficiencies. Livestock production losses are 78%.
Good Health and Well-being
Preventative healthcare programs and diagnostics are significantly improved through AI leading to new scientific breakthroughs. There are 8 billion mobile devices with smartphone cameras being used to diagnose heart, eye and blood disorders; microphone and motion sensors yielding insights into bone density and osteoporosis — and managing cancer, diabetes and chronic illness remote care.
Virtualized, intelligent mentors and responsive personalized learning is revolutionizing education, and improving participation and outcomes — all powered by AI. Online providers such as Coursera have AI-produced granular information for effective learning. Big data analysis is improving graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students by 30%, spotting warning signs before dropout to allow targeted interventions.
By identifying and correcting for gender bias, further automating/augmenting tasks, AI is empowering women for growth and new opportunities.
Clean Water and Sanitation
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) and sensors feeding into the AI of Everything are predicting sanitation and consumption patterns for improved safe water and sanitation provisioning.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Green energy in all its forms is continuously improving for increased output and more efficiency by AI real-time analysis.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Despite legitimate concerns about automation replacing jobs, AI augmentation and targeted automation with intelligent devices can improve the work environment, increase productivity, and be a significant driver of economic growth.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
New hybrid manufacturing incorporating AI, IoT sensors, and 4D printing is reshaping industries, representing the ’A Triple C’, and yielding exponential innovation unprecedented in world history.
Human augmentation using AI-inspired devices both internally and externally provides super senses and knowledge, enhanced physical capabilities, and corrects disabilities yielding a more equal and inclusive society.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
The AI of Everything, the digital AI mesh, fed by the ubiquitous IoT, smart devices, and wearables, is already impacting smart cities and helping to create sustainable communities.
Responsible Consumption and Production
AI is yielding optimal consumption and production levels with vertical green farms, eliminating waste, and vastly improving yields and resource efficiency.
Climate change data analysis and climate modeling infused with AI predicts climate-related problems and disasters.
Life Below Water
Pattern recognition can track marine-life migration, population levels, and fishing activities to enhance sustainable marine ecosystems and combat illegal fishing.
Life on Land
Pattern recognition, game theory, and wide applications of computer science can track land-animal migration, population levels, and hunting activities to enhance sustainable land ecosystems and combat illegal poaching.
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Thoughtful application of AI can reduce discrimination, corruption, and drive broad access to e-government, personalized, and responsive intelligent services. AI can significantly stay ahead of global cyberthreats, the Cyber Kill Chain, in a manner not possible before.
Partnerships for the Goals
Multi-sectoral collaboration is essential for the safe, ethical, and beneficial development of AI. ITU is working with other United Nations agencies, and the XPRIZE Foundation, to organize the “AI for Good Global Summit” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7 to 9 June. The summit will bring together governments, industry, academia and civil society to explore the responsible development of human-centric AI in solving humanity’s grand challenges, including accelerating the all-important SDGs.