IDRC’s President Jean Lebel invited Dorothy Gordon, the Chair of Information for All at UNESCO, to Montréal, where she shared her reflections on the potential impacts of artificial intelligence on international development. Here is a summary of her talk in Montréal in May 2019:
- To watch Dorothy Gordon’s whole presentation, click HERE.
- Listen to Dorothy Gordon’s Radio-Canada interview in French, “L’intelligence artificielle au service du développement en Afrique?”
Dorothy’s talk focused on the opportunities of AI in the Global South and emphasized the continued need for international collaboration to foster practices that promote the responsible use of AI systems to benefit people. Looking at how technological innovations were deployed in many developing countries she also cautions that “a major problem with new technologies is that we have decision-makers with no ability to judge whether the technology they’re being sold is going to be able to deliver or not.”
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