Science and Technology

UN forum examines how to make science and technology work better for all

Harnessing the full potential of science and technology for the benefit of all people, everywhere, is the focus of a two-day virtual meeting convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which opened on Tuesday. 

Inventions boom in ‘assistive tech’ offers wider benefits for all

Rapid growth in innovations that are designed to help people overcome their disabilities could soon offer a fix to all manner of mobility, sight and other difficulties, UN patent experts WIPO said on Tuesday.

FROM THE FIELD: The teenage Uzbek girls using science to help their community

Young women in Uzbekistan are using technology to help improve the lives of those around them, challenging perceptions of the roles that women and girls play in society.

Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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‘Frontier technology’ key element of new UN disarmament agenda

It’s time for the United Nations to play a bigger role in disarmament, according to UN chief António Guterres, calling for concrete, practical actions to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Among those actions is to maximize the benefits of “frontier technology”. Daniel Johnson discusses the various ways that the UN is looking to incorporate such technology in its disarmament agenda.

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Merging science, technology and innovation leads to development

Merging science, technology and innovative ideas can help tackle the global challenges to development, a panellist at a UN conference on the topic has said.

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