AI Leading experts from institutions such as Columbia University, Cambridge University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Center for Global Development stressed the importance of innovative government strategies to address key global challenges in climate action, global development, healthcare, and artificial intelligence (AI). This discussion took place during the opening plenary session of the Global Future Councils in Dubai, held from October 16 to 18.
Urgency of Net-Zero Transition
Melissa Lott, Senior Director of Research at Columbia University, emphasized the urgent need for a transition to net-zero emissions. She highlighted the necessity for diverse pathways in various communities to achieve this goal and expressed concerns about the risks associated with not acting swiftly and efficiently. Lott also pointed out the existing disparities in opportunities among different communities.
Global Development and the Role of Digital AI
Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development reflected on the achievements and challenges in global development over the past two decades. While acknowledging significant successes, Ahmed noted that some communities, countries, and individuals have not fully benefited from global progress. He expressed optimism about using digital AI to accelerate development, recognizing the enthusiasm and innovation of young people worldwide.
AI Developments and Ethical Considerations
Stuart Russell, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, delved into the developments, potentials, and risks related to AI. Despite its vast opportunities, the panel discussed concerns about the unchecked growth of AI, posing existential questions for humanity. Russell emphasized the importance of integrating ethical considerations and human sciences into AI discussions for its safe and beneficial deployment.
Addressing the Superbug Crisis
Sally Davies, Master at Trinity College, Cambridge University, shed light on the global impact of superbugs, which now cause more deaths than some major diseases combined. She called for interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly between frontline healthcare workers and pharmaceutical companies, in the fight against anti-microbial resistance. This issue, involving organisms developing resistance to treatments, has become a significant underlying cause of death globally, surpassing diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Global Future Councils 2023
Experts gathered in Dubai to address these pressing questions and more during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2023.