AI Beyond the Bottom Line: Artificial Intelligence for Global Impact Report is Released

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A report on the thoughtful development and use of AI to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, by Charles Warnock and Roger Spitz.

In popular culture, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is often portrayed as a dark force ushering in an apocalyptic future in which humans are pitted against menacing machines. Today’s headlines are full of AI-powered drones, backflipping robot dogs, and language models that can write passable poetry and press releases.

Still, others envision beneficial AI applications that help us tackle the world’s most pressing challenges, including poverty and hunger, health, education, and climate change.

The reality is that the rapid adoption of AI has tremendous potential benefits as well as risks:

  • Will our powerful new AI-enabled systems be transparent and fair, or will they perpetuate our existing biases?
  • Will AI drive global prosperity, or create wealth for a select group of affluent nations, organizations, and individuals?
  • Can we use our AI superpowers to create societal and environmental benefits as well as economic impact?

For those concerned about the impact of AI beyond the bottom line, Charles Warnock and Roger Spitz have assembled a resource that provides a balanced context to the challenges and opportunities of leveraging AI for social good.

This report includes a practical toolbox of resources including checklists, frameworks, references, and research by some of the world’s foremost AI thought leaders.

While there is a growing chorus of voices from the scientific, corporate, and public spheres on the responsible use of AI, its rapid advancement also underscores the associated challenges and negative impacts. These challenges highlight the ever-increasing importance of ethics, transparency, and equity in the use of AI.

“Because the world is so connected, this wave of change will be faster than anything that came before. I think it’s incumbent on all of us, even as we create tremendous wealth using AI — which we will — that this wealth is shared fairly.” – Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera and Landing AI

This report focuses on the thoughtful development and applications of AI, including societal benefits and progress towards solving some of the world’s most challenging problems, as represented in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This broader discussion of AI is sparking interest in sustainable alternatives to traditional economic measures, including stakeholder capitalism and the Triple Bottom Line concept.

Charles Warnock

Content Marketer, Strategist, Author, and Tech Journalist based in the San Francisco Bay area. Charles is the Director at the Content Marketing Factory, a marketing studio specializing in media, sales enablement, and marketing assets for enterprise, fintech, and SaaS companies. He is a contributor to Forbes Ignite, the co-author of Future Ready: A Changemaker’s Guide to the Exponential Revolution and The Art of the CMA (https://www.theartofthecma.com/), a book on real estate marketing and technology.

Roger Spitz

Founder & CEO of Techistential (https://www.techistential.ai/) and Chairman of the Disruptive Futures Institute. Roger sits on a number of Advisory Boards of Companies, Venture Capital funds & Academic institutions worldwide. He is a writer, advisor, and speaker on Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence & Simulation of Behaviour.

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