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Navigating the Polycrisis and Advancing Inclusive Development: How Can AI Help (And Not Harm)?

2024 Global Conference

Navigating the Polycrisis and Advancing Inclusive Development: How Can AI Help (And Not Harm)?

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

The world, we're told, faces a “polycrisis” - concurrent environmental, economic, social, public health and geopolitical crises, whose complex and compounding relationships are poorly understood but affect us nonetheless. Developing and emerging markets, in particular, are gripped by social unrest, climate change, geopolitical tensions, and demographic and public health pressures. Governments, investors, and the donor community struggle to effectively determine how to tackle these interlocking challenges. Artificial intelligence holds the potential for us to better forecast polycrisis consequences (such as social or economic unrest); more precisely identify location-specific drivers; and design smarter, holistic interventions that mitigate risks and more effectively advance inclusive development. At the same time, AI also poses a range of significant risks, including potential perpetuation (and exaggeration) of bias, with discriminatory and destabilizing outcomes. With implications for policymakers, donors and investors alike, this panel will illuminate AI's advances – and potential risks – as a tool for bolstering resilience and inclusive growth in developing and emerging markets.

Nicol Turner Lee
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies and Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Jalak Jobanputra
Founder and Managing Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures
Chris Mahony
Co-Founder and CEO, Peloria
Roya Rahmani
Chair of Delphos International, Delphos
Bartlett Russell
Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)