Tech has revolutionized our society – creating novel ways for billions of people to connect, learn, work, and play. Revolutions in medicine, education, finance, and media have contributed to making our lives better and pulling people from around the globe closer together.

Artificial Intelligence apps like ChatGPT, Midjourney, Sora and others take the world by storm. Moving at breakneck speed and known as generative AI, the technology powering these apps raises new opportunities as well as key questions regarding property rights, privacy, misinformation and more. In parallel, 2024 marks our first year of “AI elections”, where two billion people from more than 50 countries are expected to head to the polls, in a global environment where there is a rise in authoritarianism and polarization, often aided by technology.

In this context it is urgent, now more than ever, that we regain our agency and become more responsive to the new challenges and opportunities posed by digital technology as things move ever faster.

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The world is better than we think. In pockets across the globe, humans are pioneering and implementing working, real-life solutions — answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

More and more aspects of our lives are impacted by technology. How will humanity anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences of algorithms, artificial intelligence, robots, and more? How do we ensure tech works for the common good? And empowers everyone? Explore what works and what's next. https://www.next-now.org/tech-humanity

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