Category SDGs


How machine learning can help protect life below water

Our oceans are vast. They cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and the sheer size of the oceans makes tracking and measuring life under water an enormous task. New advances in satellite observation, open data and machine learning now allow us to process the massive amounts of data being produced. And they could not have come at […]

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the 2014 Breakthrough Prize Awards at NASA AMES Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

AI for health: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative buys Meta startup to speed progress

By 2020, medical data is expected to double every 73 days. With the rapidly growing amount of health data being produced, it is no surprise that medical knowledge is being drowned in the sea of scientific data. To make use of the incredible amounts of medical data, health professionals are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) […]


How autonomous cars could be a ‘game changer’ for Smart Cities: new report

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will lead to even more private car traffic on the road unless they are put to use in shared fleets and integrated with traditional public transport services, according to a new position paper from UITP (the International Association of Public Transport). The paper, Autonomous vehicles: a potential game changer for urban mobility, […]


NTT to demo new subsea cable fibre-optic system at 1.44 petabit

Blink and you’ll more than miss it System equates to the simultaneous transmission of 5,000 HDTV films in one second 12 cores in a square lattice optimises capacity of standard 125 micron fibre But…. commercial deployment is 10 years away Submarine cables may not be the sexiest of technologies but they are robust, dependable, they […]


Bringing ICT-enabled medical services to Germany’s refugees

A Farsi-speaking mother and her sick child sat in the makeshift doctor’s office, a little afraid. Sitting in a converted shipping container, a German-speaking doctor treated the child for an eye problem. “Within 15 minutes, the mother with the child was happy … and could be treated,” said Harald Neidhardt, Curator and CEO at MLOVE, […]


How ‘Tawasol’ project leverages ICTs to expand STEM education in Tunisia

Tunisia may be geographically small, but it is historically big. Its 3,000 years of history have been filled with several milestones shaping the country into what it is today. Now, Tunisia is working hard to accelerate the pace of its development. It has seen impressive progress, but there remains a wide gap between urban and rural areas in several […]


2017’s Top 5 AI trends are about far more than technology: Stephen Ibaraki

We are now at a unique moment in world history – an inflection point in which we are starting to see an unprecedented acceleration of economic, cultural, and societal change. This change is driven by what I call ‘A Triple C’: Automation; time Compression in new innovations; Convergence in biological and digital existences; ubiquitous Connectivity. The underlying catalyst of […]