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9/8/18 paul oyer: fei-fei li : lei zhang - WE WELCOME q&a THE MORE MATHEMATUCAL OR HUMAN THE BETTER chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk MA stats cambridge 1973
1/1/21 we have entered the most exciting decade to be alive- by 2030 we will likely know whether humans & tech wizards can save futureoflife- tech surveys indicate odds of accomplishing this greatest human mission would be lot less without spirit of a chinese american lady at stanford-...
bonus challenge for those on road to glasgow cop2 nov2021: future 8 billion peoples want to value from 2021 rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

GAMES of world record jobs involve
*pack of cards: world record jobs creators eg fei-fe li ; fazle abed ...
*six future histories before 2021 starts the decade of empowering youth to be the first sustainable generation.

problem 99% of what people value connecting or doing to each other
has changed (and accelerated in last three quarters of a century- while laws, culture and nature's diversity and health are rooted in real-world foundations that took mother earth 1945 years to build with -and that's only using the christian calendar

1995 started our most recent quater of a century with 2 people in Seattle determined to change distribution of consumers' markets - the ideas of how of bezos and jack ma on what this would involve were completely different except that they changed the purpose of being online from education knowledge to buying & selling things -
nb consuming up things is typically a zero-sum game or less if done unsustainable- whereas life-shaping knowhow multiplies value in use
from 1970 to 1995 knowhow needed to end subsistence poverty of over a billion asian villagers was networked person to person by women with no access to electricity grids- their number 1 wrjc involved partnerships linked by fazle abed - borlaug's crop science was one of the big 5 action learnings -its person to person application saved a billion people from starvation; the first 185 years of the machie age started up bl glasgow university's smith an watt in 1760 had brought humans to the 2 world wars; when people from nearly 200 nations founded the united nations at san francisco opera house 1945 chances of species survival looked poor- miraculous;y one mathematician changed that before he died 12 years later- john von neumann's legacy was both the moon race and twin artificial intel labs - one facing pacific ocean out of stanford; the other facing the atlantic out of mit boston .. who are top job creating economists by practice - health -refugee sports green hong kong..where are top tour guides around billionaire 1 2 around poverty,,, we the peoples ...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

TWI2050 Report: The Digital Revolution and Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges 

Second report prepared by The World in 2050 initiative.
TWI2050
TWI2050
The Digital Revolution, including technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, additive manufacturing or
3D-printing, (general purpose) artificial intelligence, or the Internet of Things, has entered the public discourse
in many countries. Looking back, it is almost impossible to believe that digitalization is barely featured in the
2030 Agenda or the Paris Agreement. It is increasingly clear that digital changes, we refer to them as the Digital Revolution, are becoming a key driving force in societal transformation. The transformation towards sustainability for all must be harmonized with the threats, opportunities and dynamics of the Digital Revolution, the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. At the same time, the digital transformation will radically alter all dimensions of global societies and economies and will therefore change the interpretation of the sustainability paradigm itself. Digitalization is not only an ‘instrument’ to resolve sustainability challenges, it is also fundamental as a driver of disruptive change.
This report that focuses on the Digital Revolution is the second one by The World in 2050 (TWI2050) that was established by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and other partners to provide scientific foundations for the 2030 Agenda. This report is based on the voluntary and collaborative effort of 45 authors and contributors from about 20 institutions, and some 100 independent experts from academia, business, government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all the regions of the world, who met four times at IIASA to develop science-based strategies and pathways toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presentations of the TWI2050 approach and work have been made at many international meetings such as the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forums and the United Nations High-level Political Forums.
In 2018, the first report by TWI2050 on Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals identified Six Exemplary Transformations needed to achieve the SDGs and long-term sustainability to 2050 and beyond: i) Human Capacity & Demography; ii) Consumption & Production; iii) Decarbonization & Energy, iv) Food, Biosphere Water; v) Smart Cities and vi) Digital Revolution.
The focus of this report is the Sixth Transformation, The Digital Revolution. Although it is arguably the single greatest enabler of sustainable development, it has, in the past, helped create many negative externalities like transgression of planetary boundaries. Progress on the SDGs will be facilitated if we can build and implement detailed science, technology and innovation (STI) roadmaps at all levels that range from local to global. STI is a forceful driver of change connected to all 17 SDGs. The Digital Revolution provides entirely new and enhanced capacities and thus serves as a major force in shaping both the systemic context of transformative change and future solutions; at the same time it potentially carries strong societal disruptive power if not handled with caution, care, and innovativeness.
This report assesses all the positive potential benefits digitalization brings to sustainable development for all. It also highlights the potential negative impacts and challenges going forward, particularly for those impacted by the ‘digital divide’ that excludes primarily people left behind during the Industrial Revolution like the billion that go hungry every night and the billion who do not have access to electricity. The report outlines the necessary preconditions for a successful digital transformation, including prosperity, social inclusion, environmental
sustainability and good governance. Importantly it outlines some of the dramatic social implications associated with an increasingly digital future. It also covers a topic that so far has not been sufficiently dealt with in the cross-over discussions between sustainability and the Digital Revolution, that is, the considerations about related governance aspects.
Three possible dynamics of the Digital Age. Source: Adapted from WBGU (2019).

The report provides policy recommendations on how to achieve a Sustainable Digital Anthropocene. Nine key messages of the report:
  1. A new era in human history is emerging! After Neolithic and Industrial, the Digital Revolution is the next era!
  2. Digital technologies can enable a disruptive evolution toward a Sustainable Anthropocene!
  3. Governance is urgently needed! The disruptive dynamics of digitalization are challenging the absorptive capacities of our societies and threaten to erode social cohesion.
  4. The Digital Revolution opens the door to a quantum leap for human civilization!
  5. We need to resolve the paradox of the Digital Anthropocene: Digitalization is creating
    the essential preconditions for TWI2050 Six Fundamental Transformations toward sustainability, yet it is also endangering them!
  6.  Human enhancement and augmentation present an uncertain future for our species! Homo sapiens is being transformed into Homo digitalis.
  7. We need to understand and overcome the retarding moments” of innovation breakthrough!  
  8. We need to build responsible knowledge societies capable of moving toward sustainability in the Digital Age!
  9. The clock is ticking toward 2030 – we have only 10 years to meet our Sustainable Development Goals!

Recommended citation:
TWI2050 - The World in 2050 (2019). The Digital revolution and Sustainable development: Opportunities and Challenges. Report prepared by the World in 2050 initiative. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. www.twi2050.org
Available at: pure.iiasa.ac.at/15913/
Report Launch and side events  at the High-level Political Forum 2019 in New York.

High-level Political Forum & High-level Segment of ECOSOC 2019

The Digital Revolution and Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges: TWI2050 launches it second report at the HLPF 2019.
Photo by STEMShare NSW on Unsplash
Photo by STEMShare NSW on Unsplash
The Digital Revolution, which although is arguably the single greatest enabler of sustainable development, has, in the past, created many negative externalities like transgression of planetary boundaries. Progress on the SDGs will be facilitated if we can build and implement detailed STI roadmaps at levels that range from local to global. This is central as STI drives all SDGs and one of the most fundamental disruptive changes in human history – the digital revolution which puts comprehensive artificial intelligence at the centre. A major challenge will be how to use the transformative nature of digitalization to create wealthy and inclusive economies and societies. 
The High-level Political Forum in July 2019 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council is reviewing SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16. The theme is "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". 

Report Launch

To support the HLPF, TWI2050 is launching its second report in a dedicated side event: 

The Digital Revolution and Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges

Date & Time: July 12, 14:45-16:00
Venue: S-1522-23 @ UN HQ
Moderator and opening:
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA
  • Dirk Messner, UNE-EHS and WBGU
Panelists:
  • Heide Hackmann, ISC
  • Peter Messerli, University of Bern and GSDR
  • Tateo Arimoto, JST and GRIPS
  • Leena Srivastava, TER
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi, IGES
  • Shantanu Mukherjee, UNDESA
  • William E. Colglazier, AAAS
  • Discussion 
Organizers and co-organizers:
While the Digital Revolution cuts across all SDGs, the side event will focus on its role in empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. The global scientific initiative The World in 2050 (TWI2050) has been developing integrated pathways based on interdisciplinary knowledge that achieve multiple SDGs, harnessing synergies and mitigating trade-offs. The side event will present the role of technological change in these pathways with a focus on the SDGs under review and will provide examples of proven and emerging technologies and innovations that can accelerate progress towards the selected SDGs.
The second report by TWI2050 will be launched during the HLPF. The side event will present insights into the recommendations to policy makers in how they can harness the power of the digital revolution to enable the achievement of the SDGs and which challenges they need to overcome, providing guidance in formulating roadmaps. 

Other Events during HLPF

Science policy interface including the briefing from the independent group of scientists on the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

Date & Time: July 11, 11:00 – 13:00
Venue: Conference Room 4 @ UN HQ

Role of STI: Strengthening Climate-SDGs synergy

Date & Time: July 12, 13:15-14:30
Venue: S-1522-23 @ UN HQ
Nebojsa Nakicenovic will present the new TWI2050 report. 

2019 ECOSOC Session High Level Segment

During the 2019 session of ECOSOC on "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality", Nebojsa Nakicenovic has been invited as a panelist in the session on "Where are we heading? Visions and projections for the future of the SDGs”.
Date & Time: July 19, 10:00-13:00
Venue: ECO Chamber

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