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Webinar on Technology and Innovation with Equity: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific

We live in a time of growing prosperity alongside growing inequalities where technology is ambiguously seem both as a friend and a foe. Innovation drives prosperity, and frontier technologies could be transformative in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But rapid advances can have serious downsides if they outpace the ability of societies to adapt.

What is the impact of frontier technology on inequalities? How can governments minimize risks and maximize opportunities? What are critical policy considerations to ensure that the promotion of technology and innovation leaves no one behind? And how can international cooperation help?

The webinar co-organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) briefly presented UNCTAD's Technology and Innovation Report 2021 and ESCAP's Frontiers of Inclusive Innovation Report which followed by a roundtable discussion by experts and and policymakers from Asia and the Pacific region. The discussion was centered around artificial intelligence for social good and ways of sharing the benefits and risks of frontier technologies. The event raised awareness of policy options for countries in the region to harness these frontier technologies and leave no one behind.

 

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