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Why Nations Fail
Written by economist Daron Acemoglu and political scientist James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail examines the role of institutions in the success and failure of nations. Ultimately, it is suggested that inclusive and extractive economic and political institutions shape the fortunes of nations, and that these can develop as a result of historical contingencies and critical junctures. A copy of the book can be purchased here.
A white paper is an authoritative report on a major issue, usually prepared by a government or a team of experts in the topic of writing. This document takes a deeper look into artificial intelligence and its potential to impact specific industries. Titled Artificial intelligence and human development: toward a research agenda, this white paper, prepared by International Development Research Centre, discusses the challenges and risks surrounding the development of AI.
Marquis Cabrera is the CEO of Stat Zero, founder of Foster Skills, and has previously worked at IBM. This fascinating talk engages with what it takes to found a successful start-up based on his own experience in the field.
Prof. Muhammad Yunus is the founder of the Grameen Bank and a pioneer of microfinance. For his efforts, Yunus and the bank received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Yunus tells the engaging story about the history of microfinance and its potential to truly change the lives of its beneficiaries.
An urgent, yet humorous keynote by Tom Ilube that focuses primarily on the need for Africa to invest in its AI industry. Ilube also touches on the cultural biases of AI algorithms and the pace at which the technology is advancing.
If you’re looking for a more detailed overview of the need for AI policy (particularly in developing countries), this is a expert panel discussion that explores how artificial intelligence is set to disrupt traditional models of development in the context of economic progress.