Over the last ten years, advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, information and communications technology, advanced automation and additive manufacturing has led to the perception that the world is entering the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.
In Japan in particular, the use of AI, robots and Internet of Things have become a key component of the Abe government’s economic vision for the future. Its blueprint for ‘Society 5.0’, sees the evolution of a ‘super smart’ society that uses cutting edge technology to solve economic and social problems, resulting in greater productivity and sustainability in a variety of fields, from healthcare to mobility and infrastructure.
While much analysis has been done on the impacts of these technological innovations on advanced economies, there is relatively less discussion on how these advances can help to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in low and middle-income countries.
This conference will bring together key experts from the UK, Japan and elsewhere in Asia to share learning, expertise and insights on how digital, particularly artificial intelligence technologies, can support meeting the SDGs.