UN Enlists Robotic Allies to Achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals?

Today, on July 5th, according to a report by Reuters, the United Nations technical agency announced during the “AI for Humanity” event held in Switzerland that it plans to employ dozens of robots, including humanoid robots, to assist in achieving a set of global development goals that have become increasingly difficult to attain.

These development goals were established by the United Nations in 2015 and are known as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to improve human life and the planet’s environment by 2030. The goals include eradicating poverty, eradicating hunger, ensuring educational equity, and more. However, it is now widely believed that these goals have little hope of being achieved without additional help.

During the event, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) showcased some of the robots they use, such as “Nadine,” a social robot that has the ability to simulate different emotions and remember the objects it interacts with. The ITU has used Nadine to serve nursing home residents.

Additionally, for the first time, a robot will answer reporters’ questions during a press conference at the two-day event.

Frederic Werner, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau in Geneva, stated that

“The idea is to demonstrate the capabilities, opportunities, and challenges of robotics to start a global dialogue on robotics for the public good.”

The demonstration of these capabilities is intended to emphasize the need for a global dialogue on robotics, especially as it pertains to the public good.

Werner also added that bots, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which utilize generative AI techniques, are likely to thrive over the next five years. It is expected that these bots will play an increasingly important role in various industries, including healthcare, finance, and customer service.

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Prior to this announcement, it was already reported that several United Nations agencies were using AI technology to achieve their goals. For example, the World Food Program’s hunger map project collects data to identify areas that are experiencing hunger.

The UN is also developing a system of remote-controlled trucks to provide emergency assistance in dangerous areas. Additionally, the World Health Organization is working on a benchmark system to ensure the accuracy of AI disease diagnosis.

These initiatives are all part of a larger effort to leverage the power of AI to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Are you excited about the future of a World filled with AI? Or do you fear AI’s negative impacts and widespread losses in jobs as reported by us in this article before?

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Deepanker Verma is a well-known technology blogger and gadget reviewer based in India. He has been writing about Tech for over a decade.

UN Enlists Robotic Allies to Achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals?

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