This report uses strategic foresight to study applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report discusses motivations, applications, and opportunities related to the adoption of AI for sustainable development.
AI is a thriving field, that aims to build systems that function intelligently and independently. The global market size of AI, currently valued at USD 2 trillion, is forecasted to contribute USD 16 trillion to the global economy by 2030. AI is expected to drive the next era of technological and economic development, similar to past developments such as the industrial revolution, the silicon chip era, and the emergence of smart devices. Strategic foresight uses insight about the future state of an industry to guide present-day decision-making. It is used as a tool in policy planning for assessing the potential impact of AI in fulfilling water-related SDGs. The foresight highlights findings from relevant literature and an expert panel, concluding with suggestions and policy recommendations for consideration by national Governments, and other relevant stakeholders.