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Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take Centrestage In HD Report



Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence

Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence are on the centrestatge of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report for next year.

This is part of the global body’s effort to unravelling the real impacts of the two issues on improved livelihood the world over.

The UNDP while announcing this, added that its researchers have begun to explore how Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are reshaping key areas of human development, including health, education, social norms, relationships, employment, and agency.

“We’re looking at how living in an increasingly digitalized world affects not only the way societies operate, but also the way we function as human beings,” said Pedro Conceição, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office.


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According to the global development body, the research, which aims to illuminate the impacts of digitalization on various age groups, from brain development in infancy and early childhood, to shifts in work and social interactions during adulthood, would be using a life stage approach to measure outcomes.

The study would also seek to find ways in which ageing populations around the world are shaping and being shaped by digital technology.

The report – expected to be released in 2025 – will also bring a human rights lens to the tensions between expanded freedom of expression and the heightened risk of disinformation.


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“Digitalisation can enhance inclusiveness and transparency, but it can also disrupt political processes,” said Pedro Conceição. “AI can empower workers, but also replace them. Navigating this new context while harnessing its potential is the challenge of the Anthropocene, and we look forward to sharing what we learn.”

The 2025 Human Development Report will be part of a trilogy that explores the new uncertainty complex comprised of intensifying polarization, a destabilized planet, and widespread digitalization, the development body added.

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