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Events & Publications on the topic: Frontier Technologies

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

AI For Social Good, a partnership between APRU, UN ESCAP and Google, released a new report exploring the impact of AI on societies in the Asia-Pacific region. This report is based on realities and experiences from Asia and the Pacific, and provides various perspectives on what AI for social good may look like in this region. More importantly, the report offers suggestions from the research community on how policymakers can encourage, use, and regulate AI for social good.



Artificial Intelligence in the Delivery of Public Services Report

The report, jointly prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Google, showcases successful models of leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for improved public services in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


AI for Social Good Project Kick-off Meeting

ESCAP’s project with Google and APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) aims to build a network of researchers exploring AI for social good that can conduct research relevant for policy makers. As part of this partnership, 8 research projects are being sponsored.

Establishing Science and Technology Parks: A Reference Guidebook for Policymakers in Asia and the Pacific

During the past several decades, science and technology parks (STPs) in Asia have witnessed rapid development. This is reflected not only in the emergence of new STPs, but also in the successes of some prominent STPs in the region. With the current level of economic development in the region, Governments may perceive STPs as a means of upgrading production, promoting collaboration in research and innovation, and climbing global value chains. Therefore, it is likely that more STPs will be established by many developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.



ESCAP 74th Commission Plenary: Frontier technological innovation: policies to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Against this backdrop, the Asia-Pacific region and the world are moving steadily into the fourth industrial revolution. The scale, scope and speed of this transformation could be unlike anything the region has experienced before. A key concern is that this revolution, especially the uptake, adaptation and distribution of benefits generated by frontier technologies, such as artificial intelligence, could magnify inequalities through anticipated losses of certain lower-skilled job categories.

Frontier technologies for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a revolution defined by frontier technological breakthroughs such as AI, robotics, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things amongst others, it will be critical that these technologies work for society and the environment as well as the economy if we are to achieve the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Digital and Virtual Currencies for Sustainable Development

Despite operating inefficiencies and security concerns, digital currencies are becoming a popular method of payment around the world. Digital currencies are not only the domain of developed nations. They also offer opportunities for developing countries pursuing sustainable development. Digital currency can allow for cheaper and more efficient money transfers, thereby alleviating global remittance costs. In addition, digital currency can foster favorable conditions for e-commerce, promote entrepreneurship, and facilitate small-scale international trade.


Artificial Intelligence in Asia and the Pacific

Frontier technologies could have significant positive impact for society and the environment. For example, data suggest that improved application of information and communication technologies to smart grids and transportation will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 4.5 billion tons by 2020. This paper reviews the status of a specific frontier technology, artificial intelligence (AI), in the Asia-Pacific region and discusses the policy implications. The paper points out that a new “frontier technology divide” should be the primary concern for the region.