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The World Bank is partnering with several large technology firms and also with Marshall Burke, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science and the deputy director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, and his students to come up with an artificial intelligence system that could predict up to six months ahead of when a famine might happen.
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Kim also discussed concerns about automation. “What we know is that certain things are definitely changing. Intensive, cognitive and social skills are much more in demand,” said Kim, citing the demand for app developers in India and data laborers in China. These are complicated jobs, he said. That’s why education and investing in people are so critical, he said. “What we want in every single country on Earth is to begin debating the quality of their investment in people,” said Kim, who is launching a new Human Capital Index that he says will rank countries in terms of their investment in human capital. The focus will be measuring only outcomes, like education. “We have got to do something to change what the outcomes really are,” Kim said. Kim closed his talk by asking for people who are developing technologies to think about the philosophy of technology. You have to think about how it is going to work for the poor, he said. “Unless you start thinking about how it might be applied to reduce poverty and reduce inequality, you will likely be in a place that makes it difficult for poor countries to take advantage of it.”
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The event was hosted by the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (aka Stanford Seed), a group of scholars working to end the cycle of global poverty. END EXTREME POVERTY, INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Lauren Barredo, Manager at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network,
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The Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have put a human face on development. Common definitions of what constitutes development had been abstract and all too often solely rooted in economic policy and GDP. The MDGs provide us with a clear focus on extreme poverty in all its forms and how it can be tackled, e.g. through access to basic healthcare, safe drinking water, providing education for every child, empowering women, and being environmentally responsible. When first established, the MDGs seemed impossibly ambitious, but progress has been swift in some areas, thanks to governments making the MDGs a priority, and has improved (albeit far from perfect) international partnerships. Unfortunately, MDG achievements have been uneven, and in many parts of the world the multiple stressors of conflict, poverty, isolation, and climate change have thwarted progress. Many countries have not received the international support that has been promised. Pockets of chronic hunger, rural
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areas with no access to healthcare, and unfulfilled pledges of funding remain a scar on the world’s conscience.
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