In a 17-minute video published on February 12, 2024, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa and Urvashi Aneja discussed the impact of current AI developments on the Global South. The video, titled “AI in the Global South: Who Benefits and What are the Costs?” explored the labor that powers the AI boom and its origins in the Global South, leading to questions about who benefits from the technology and what the costs are.
Ressa and Aneja highlighted how AI is already having a significant impact on communities in the Global South. They discussed everything from labor conditions to democracy and the environment, emphasizing that countries should not simply focus on catching up with developed nations when considering AI’s role in their societies. Instead, they argued that nations must take a more holistic approach to integrating this technology into their economies and cultures.
The video was designed to spark discussion about AI’s implications for developing nations around the world. Viewers were encouraged to share it on social media to continue exploring this critical topic further.