United Nations University releases strategic foresight study on AI and water-related SDGs

The United Nations University released a study on ‘Strategic Foresight to Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Achieve Water-related Sustainable Development Goals’. The document explores the drivers of adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of sustainable development goals and more specifically focuses on water-related sustainable development targets, namely, 3, 6, 11, and 15. Among other things, the study examines the role of AI in monitoring water quality, water reservoirs and dams, but also monitoring and prediction of water-related disasters. Potential challenges with regards to the applicability of AI are also addressed in the document including issues such as the North-South digital divide and lack of awareness of governments to use AI for  water-related challenges.