- Italy’s lockdown means most people are confined at home.
- Government website encourages companies to offer free online services.
- E-learning, data and publications available for free.
Robin Pomeroy, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum
- Some countries moved more quickly than others to broadly test for COVID-19.
- While the US had a slow start, testing activity is picking up in a number of states.
John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum
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Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum
- Artificial intelligence (AI) needs to be democratized to help more people understand it and embrace its potential;
- We need to develop regulations for AI that are agile and adapt to this rapidly progressing technology;
- A focus on “Trustworthy AI” offers a promising model for innovation and the governance of AI.
Bowen Zhou – President, JD Cloud and JD AI; Chair, JD Technology Committee; Vice-President, JD.COM
- The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action.
- The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030.
- Unesco’s Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal.
Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content
- São Paulo’s economic success has been built on a broad spectrum of policy-making.
- Investments in infrastructure and technology have reaped enormous benefits.
- High standards in public services and environmental protections have also been crucial.
João Doria, Governor of the State of São Paulo, Government of the State of São Paulo
- In the 1980s and 90s, the Amazon rainforest absorbed 2 billion tonnes of carbon annually, but that figure is much lower today due to deforestation.
- The southeast part of the Amazon, which has been heavily logged, appears to have lost its ability to absorb carbon.
- Scientists have created bionic jellyfish by embedding microelectronics into them, enabling them to swim faster and collect data.
- They could be used to monitor climate change.
- We can all take steps to reduce the environmental impact of our work-related travels.
- Individual actions – like the six described here – can cumulatively help prompt more collective changes, but it helps to prioritise by impact.
- As the saying goes: be the change you want to see in the world.
Petros Kusmu, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub
George Patrick, Richard Benson, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub
- Australia’s wildfires have burned through an area the size of Greece since September.
- Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are helping with emergency seed collection in areas devastated by the bushfires.
- Seed specimens are being stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, a big underground freezer, which already contains 41,000 different species.
Elizabeth Howcroft, Editorial Trainee, Reuters