Robert Kirkpatrick and Felicia Vacarelu

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General on big data and artificial intelligence. Felicia Vacarelu is the Communications Officer of UN Global Pulse. 

Pulse Lab Kampala is working on a project to gauge via radio the quality of health-service delivery in Uganda, March 2017.           ©UN Global Pulse

Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) are driving global changes in our society—from the way we communicate with each other to the forces that shape our economy and behaviour. The rapidly evolving capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) offer new opportunities to unlock the value of big data for more evidence-based decision-making that can accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).