Chilean President urges global cooperation in the face of technological revolution

By establishing an ethical framework that prioritizes human rights, unity, and the fight against disinformation, we can navigate this transformative era responsibly and ensure that technological progress contributes to a more equitable and just global society.

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Gabriel Boric Font, President of the Republic of Chile, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-eighth session. Source: UN Photo Library

In his address to the 78th Session of the General Assembly Debate, President Gabriel Boric Font of Chile underscored pressing challenges that demand immediate attention. Among these challenges, a technological change took centre stage, as he drew parallels to the industrial revolution of the mid-18th century. This transformation in technology is poised to have profound implications not only on our modes of thinking but also on our relationships, production methods, and work dynamics.

President Boric Font noted that throughout history, technological advancements have presented significant opportunities to create more equitable societies. However, he cautioned that without wise navigation, this new era could become a breeding ground for fresh inequalities. He emphasised the need for a collective responsibility to establish multilateral consensus and an ethical framework for the development and utilisation of technologies like AI. Central to this proposed framework is a firm commitment to respecting human rights throughout the research and development phases of new technologies. President Boric Font stressed that while societal progress is undoubtedly necessary, it must be pursued in a manner that upholds these fundamental principles.

Finally, he highlighted the importance of ensuring that technological development is a unifying force rather than a divisive one. It should empower all members of society and, crucially, counteract the growing problem of disinformation, which disproportionately affects vulnerable groups.


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