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What if we get tech right? 10 experts respond


COVID-19 accelerated the deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies – reshaping how we work, shop, learn, socialize, even visit the doctor in ways likely to stick around long after the virus is under control. Even when we are able to safely return to "normal" life, continued acceleration of these innovations will be critical to recovery and making progress on our global goals. However, the pandemic also underscored the need for public and private sector governance to address emerging challenges and ensure tech works for everyone. As a recent World Economic Forum report explained, the pandemic "exposed even more clearly the gaps that still exist in digital access." Responsible technology governance is needed to protect against discriminatory algorithms, unethical use of data and job displacement.

How digital transformation can build more resilient businesses


During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, hospitals, businesses and governments have depended on technological innovation more than ever before to keep their operations afloat. As nations work to rebuild and reinvigorate the global economy, recovery plans must focus on creating jobs, investing in infrastructure and driving innovation with sustainability at the very core. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bolster our economies so that industries can keep pace with rapidly changing technologies and are more resilient in future crises. Our collective success depends on the public and private sector's ability to keep up with the never-ending journey that is digital transformation. An executive survey from Deloitte suggests more "digitally mature companies" – companies where digital strategy and infrastructure is embedded in all parts of their business – are more resilient and agile in a crisis.

8 technology trends for innovative leaders in a post-pandemic world


During crises, we are confronted with an opportunity to think differently and create rapid change that can have long-lasting impact. The COVID-19 crisis is no exception. According to research by McKinsey & Company, COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated the adoption of new technologies, and many of these are here to stay. Organizations were forced to adopt new technologies overnight to survive, or risk becoming irrelevant. As a result, almost every sector has altered the way they interact and do business with their customers over the past two years.

5 ways AI is doing good in the world right now


In the wake of the pandemic, a growing number of businesses are speeding up plans to adopt AI and automation, according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report 2020. As humans and technology increasingly work together, here are five examples of the range of applications for artificial intelligence and where it might do good. Overfishing can deprive millions of people of their livelihood and billions of people of the food they need. OceanMind is a UK-based organization fighting back against overfishing and illegal fishing using AI. Pulling data from a variety of sources, including on-board collision-avoidance transmitters, radar and satellite imagery, and phone signals, OceanMind can track thousands of vessels around the world.

How can we achieve an equitable digital transformation?


The past 18 months have transformed society – and sped up the digital transformation of our world. On the plus side, digital technologies allowed business and society to continue to function even during lockdowns – helping companies survive, vulnerable people access healthcare and children continue to learn. When the worst of the pandemic is, someday, behind us, we'll be able to take many of these lessons – and technological advancements – with us to enable greater access to healthcare (especially mental healthcare), education, job training and finance. And it provided a much-needed boost to the pandemic economy. The UN's Sustainable Development Report 2021 highlighted the role of technology manufacturing as a key driver of the economic recovery, citing the rise in demand for computer electronics due to the global shift toward working from home, remote-learning and e-commerce.