Our Digital Future

This article is brought to you in association with IMFBlog Written by Camilla Lund Andersen “Money makes the world go around,” Liza Minnelli famously sang in the movie Cabaret. Money has for centuries been central to human relationships. Loss of faith in its value can result in economic and political instability, even war. In the […]

India is a latecomer to AI. Here’s how it plans to catch up

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Utkarsh Amitabh, Founder, Network Capital (Mentors Across Borders) “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”, Stephen Hawking famously said. I don’t know whether Hawking will be proven right or wrong. But […]

How smart tech helps cities fight terrorism and crime

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute Today’s cities are on the frontline of crime and terrorism. While some of them are clearly more at risk than others, all of them are vulnerable. Not surprisingly, cities are experimenting with […]

What the global Internet’s stakeholders can learn from Europe’s new data law

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Sepulveda, Vice President for Global Government Relations, MediaMath When Europe’s new data law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), went into force on May 25, it pushed a decades-long global debate over privacy and the proper regulatory […]

AI has huge potential – but it won’t solve all our problems

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vyacheslav Polonski, Researcher, University of Oxford Hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. There is no shortage of sensationalist news about how AI can cure diseases, accelerate human innovation and improve human creativity. From the […]

Scientists have created the world’s ‘first psychopath AI’

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content Artificial intelligence has passed a new landmark in its development: its first psychopath. Researchers at MIT Media Lab have developed Norman, a machine-learning algorithm fed on a data diet of dark subject matter. Norman […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to hit the construction industry. Here’s how it can thrive

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Buehler, Head of Infrastructure & Urban Development, World Economic Forum & Pierre Patrick Buffet, Director of Analysis and Strategy, CEO Office , ACCIONA Infraestructuras & Santiago Castagnino, Partner & Managing Director, Madrid, The Boston Consulting Group Over […]

The AI moment: preparing for the revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with ITU. Artificial intelligence, AI, is the next big technology to have entered mainstream consciousness. From eerie androids such as Sophia to the silent efficiency of automated delivery systems in modern Amazon warehouses, the growth of autonomous driving and the […]

Google prepares to final EU judgement over Android antitrust case

A final word on the thorny EU vs Google case over Android antitrust charges could arrive as soon as next month, according to people familiar with the matter. Late last week, Reuters announced that the EU antitrust investigation into Google’s operative system Android could be on the way of concluding shortly, and that the American […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution needs a social revolution, too. Here’s how we can make this happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hilary Cottam, Founding Director, Participle Ltd The industrial revolution produced an explosion in new forms of social organization. From the United Nations to trades unions, from the voluntary sector to welfare states, new systems and partnerships were designed […]

Here are three technology trends changing the way you travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tiffany Misrahi, Community Lead, Aviation, Travel & Tourism Industries, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum LLC People have never travelled as much as they do today. More than four billion of us whizzed through the air in 2017. […]

Here’s how we can make innovation more inclusive

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gudela Grote, Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zurich & Thomas A Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, Professor of Work and Employment Research, Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute […]

Here’s how data could make our cities safer

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Anthony Across Europe, fast-growing cities and city regions are increasingly confronted with urban violence from extremists seeking to further their political or religious aims, and criminal gangs controlling their territory. While cities have begun to play […]

Where are the charities in the great Artificial Intelligence debate?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy, Charities Aid Foundation Artificial intelligence has become a hot political and cultural topic. UK prime minister Theresa May made it the centerpiece of her appearance at this year’s Davos Summit. More recently, French […]

GDPR and the World Cup have these 4 things in common

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Schlosser, Project Lead, Digital Trade and Data Flows, World Economic Forum The world will look at Europe as a game changer twice within the next month: first on May 25 then again on June 14. The latter […]

Will GDPR block Blockchain?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anne Toth, Head of Data Policy, World Economic Forum LLC As someone who has worked in data policy and data protection for 20 years, I read privacy policies for a living. I take notice when I get the […]

Two days left until General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), lots of newsletter opt-outs but does the EU citizen really know?

Just two days left now before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fully implemented changing the way companies manage the data of EU citizens globally. A regulation which is much stricter that the current ones is meant to give greater protection rights to individuals from the Old Continent showing that the EU is a […]

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: “Am I a real Boy?”

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ahmed Rafay Afzal, a medical student from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan, currently pursuing a career in United States. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

How secure is blockchain?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lotte Schou-Zibell, Chief, Finance Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank & Nigel Phair, Director, Centre for Internet Safety , University of Canberra. Blockchain technology is transforming the way we do business by allowing […]

Technology is delivering better access to financial services. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC) & Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PayPal. Digital technology is spurring financial inclusion around the world, enabling millions more people and businesses to join the global […]

How biotechnology is evolving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor de Lorenzo, Head, Molecular Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). When modern biotechnology emerged in the late 1970s, it was first applied in the health sector, with the onset of recombinant DNA. One decade […]

Half the world’s population is still offline. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric White,  Project Lead, Internet for All, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum & Oren Pinsky, Project Coordinator, Internet for All, Latin America, World Economic Forum Geneva Last month scientists at Tufts University announced that they had created […]

Technological innovation can bolster trust and security at international borders. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Moavenzadeh, Head of Mobility Industries and System Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC I landed at the Buenos Aires airport recently after 14 hours of travel. After making my way through the airport, […]

Artificial Intelligence has a gender problem. Here’s what to do about it

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Madhulika Srikumar, Junior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation. Three of the fastest-growing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) today are a manifestation of patriarchal stereotypes – the booming sexbots industry, the proliferation […]

We need a new Operating System for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Murat Sönmez, Head of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Society’s operating system needs an upgrade. The model we have been using is simply not up to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […]

Why embracing human rights will ensure Artificial Intelligence works for all

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Director, Global Issues, Amnesty International Dilbert: Wow! According to my computer simulation, it should be possible to create new life forms from common household chemicals Dogbert: This raises some thorny issues. Dilbert: You mean legal, ethical and […]

Governments can fight corruption by joining the digital payment revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tidhar Wald, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better than Cash Alliance, United Nations. Tackling corruption is high on government agendas. Such a pervasive problem demands new solutions, especially in light of the latest […]

Innovation for a smarter world: ITU Telecom World 2018

Sponsored content Creativity and innovation have driven human development throughout the course of history.  From agriculture to industry to the information age, revolutionary innovations in technology have marked major leaps forward in the development of our societies. As the pace of technological innovation increases, the gaps between those revolutions reduce, so that today, just ten […]

Fake news and Freedom of Press: can the EU ever find the fine line?

The European Commission attempts to tackle disinformation which is spread online by building up strategic measures in the EU. Last January, the EC assigned to a High Level Expert Group (HLEG) to define the problem and propose concrete recommendations on how it can be dealt. The report which was completed last month sets this issue […]

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Last Monday, the European Commission sent a letter to Facebook asking whether EU citizens were involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The EU is taking the turn from U.S. which has already opened an investigation to find out how Facebook permitted data breach of 50 million users. Facebook has been experiencing fierceful attacks both by […]