Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics for Human Development

In recent years, the rapidly growing presence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in virtually every aspect of life in the industrialized world has led to important questions on how AI can help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conversations on AI in the context of human development are nascent, with many interesting ideas proposed. However, discussions to date have largely been abstract, with little specificity about where big data and AI can help. Indeed, there is a significant knowledge gap between the AI community and the development community, which needs to be closed in order to separate fact from hype, and to ensure resources are dedicated to initiatives with a meaningful likelihood of impact.

In this webinar attendees learned to:

  • Debate the facets of AI and data analytics for human development
  • Understand how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be better met using AI
  • Separate fact from fiction when it comes to AI and international development


Shashi Buluswar

Shashi Buluswar is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies and the founder of the LIGTT Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is the lead author of the recently released groundbreaking study to identify the “The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development.”







As Vice President for Innovation, Zia Khan oversees the Rockefeller Foundation’s approach to developing solutions that can have transformative impact on people’s lives, with a focus on innovative finance, data and technology, and science. He writes and speaks frequently on leadership, strategy, and innovation. Mr. Khan has served on the World Economic Forum Advisory Council for Social Innovation and the U.S. National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. He is an investor and adviser to a range of impact-oriented enterprises.







Comments from the Community


  1. rongretlarson says:

    I attended today’s webinar on AI. I would like to forward an e-mail that I sent to the “biochar” discussion group complimentung E4C. I cannot recall/find the E4C moderator’s name. Can you please send me the correct e-mail address(es).

    Ronal W. Larson, PhD

    Below is the start of my note:


    This is to hope we can have a little discussion on coupling biochar and AI (Artificial Intelligence) . This webinar was just finished; I thought it very well done. And supportive of my belief that more rapid biochar advancement need AI.
    I am afraid that this group doesn’t have re-broadcasts – at least I found no way to see older ones. The starting point for this one today was a few steps after you get to this site:
    where there is more biography on the two speakers (named further below)
    Here is one screen shot I took, on which they spent a few minutes (Lots more detail I don’t know how to retrieve). Biochar fits these six questions.

    Thanks, Ronal W. Larson, PhD . 303-526-9629

  2. aravindd819 says:

    Thank you to the team who wrote this article very nice blog. we are all seeing the world transforming day by day in future the Artificial Intelligence took a very important step in human life. Artificial intelligence course

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