It’s the UN International Day of Peace Saturday the 21st, designed to emphasise resolution within conflict. We explore where conflict is most prevalent and how technology could, in fact, help eliminate it.
This year’s Day of Peace largely focuses on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) for a better future – and here’s how technology can make that future a reality.
Basic access to tech is vital
Once, having access to a phone meant you could make calls – not much else. Now, you can browse the internet from smartphones, which can be bought at low prices for basic models. You can access a myriad of information, exchange money, offer and find work, all through a smartphone.
This is why having basic to technology can be monumental, especially in developing countries. Suddenly, people can access a world of information and news that was otherwise kept from them. This can inform people about environmental awareness, give them access to the world around them, and also provide them with a way of earning money outside of their own village or community.
Bringing safety and sustainability into developing countries
Many people in communities in developing countries are exploited and forced to work. In addition, many of these workers are children. Companies often do not know the dark side of the materials they are sourcing, due to lack of transparency and traceability in supply chains.
Technology can enable companies to better track their supply chains, ensuring that they avoid unethical vendors, and in turn having a positive impact on communities. This extends from miners, to manufacturers, to farmers.
Robots won’t take over the world – in fact, they could save it
Artificial intelligence scares a lot of people, but the reality is that, at its base, it merely acts as an assistant to human intelligence. It can do calculations that would take workers hours, or make intelligent forecasts and projections that are beyond human comprehension. This means anything from ensuring sustainable practices through analysis, analysing supply chains for anomalies, or even just forecasting potential future issues.
AI often goes hand-in-hand with tech like blockchain and the Internet of Things – both capable of changing the way we live, learn and impact others. Blockchain is well-suited to the supply chain, and it can work with AI to ensure that companies meet the SDGs, to save time and cost, and to optimize supply chains for production.