Becoming Future-Ready

Digital technology is shaping history. But there is also the sense that it is running away with us. Where will it take us? Will our dignity and rights be enhanced or diminished? Will our societies become more equal or less equal? Will we become more, or less, secure and safe? The answers to these questions depend on our ability to work together across disciplines and actors, across nations and political divides. We have a collective responsibility to give direction to these technologies so that we maximize benefits and curtail unintended consequences and malicious use.
Mr. Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
A Framework for Equitable Digital Transformation
Technology has changed the world and every aspect of the way we live our lives. Its pace and scale is unprecedented in history. In just two decades, digital technology has reached 50 per cent of the developing world’s population according to the United Nations. In 2023, Pakistan conducted its first ever Digital Census, recording the national population at 241.9 million. In 2024, more than half of the world’s populations – that of Pakistan – will already have or will proceed to vote in elections. The last time they voted, Chat GPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) did not exist.

ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched on November 30, 2022. Based on a large language model, it enables users to refine and steer a conversation towards a desired length, format, style, level of detail, and language.
The world is going through a deeply uncertain time, described as the age of ‘polycrises’ where multiple crises like climate change, inequality, and socio-political polarization are interconnected and impacting people’s lives. Technological advancement is fueling these challenges. The global community is faced with a choice in how to manage and harness technologies for the global good. Technologies have held promise to democratize society and improve wellbeing by providing better access to finance, better jobs, health and government services. However, without effective governance and regulation, these technologies can cause serious harm very quickly.
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