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The experts from Columbia University, Cambridge University, University of California, Berkeley, and the Center for Global Development highlighted critical points during the opening plenary session of the Global Future Councils in Dubai:
Transitioning to Net-Zero:
Melissa Lott, Senior Director of Research at Columbia University, emphasized the importance of transitioning to net zero and the need for varied pathways for different communities. She stressed the urgency of swift action to prevent dire consequences, pointing out existing gaps in opportunities between other communities.
Global Development and Digital AI:
Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development, discussed the achievements and setbacks in global development over the past two decades. He expressed optimism about harnessing digital AI to accelerate growth, citing the tremendous energy and innovation among young people globally. The challenge remains reaching communities, countries, and individuals left behind.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Opportunities and Risks:
Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, delved into the developments, potential, and risks of AI. While recognizing AI’s incredible opportunities in education, medicine, and various fields, he raised concerns about its unchecked growth, posing existential questions for humanity. The risk lies in creating systems more powerful than ourselves and the challenge of retaining control over such systems.
The discussions at the Global Future Councils underscore the need for innovative and forward-thinking approaches to addressing global challenges, including climate action, development, and the responsible use of artificial intelligence.
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