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If you will be given a chance to solve at least one problem in the world, what problem would you like to solve first? For me, it's poverty. We are aware that poverty is one of the major problems in the world today. And if given a chance, I would like to devote my time to find a solution to this global problem through the use of Artificial Intelligence.
POVERTY, THE TOP 4 MOST SERIOUS PROBLEM IN THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MILLENNIALS
The World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Survey 2017 shows that 29.2% of the respondents who are millennials believe that poverty is the most serious problem in the world today, making it the fourth on the top 10. Climate Change was the top concern of 48.8% of those who participated in the survey. Large scale conflict/wars (38.9%) and Inequality (income, discrimination) (30.8%) was the 2nd and 3rd concerns respectively.
Read the complete story from the Business Insider.
Let's define poverty. It is important that we have a uniform understanding of this term. How can we say someone is living in poverty?
Poverty is the lack of means to satisfy human's basic needs. It is a condition when one cannot meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
There are 7.7 Billion people in the world today, and according to DoSomething.org, there are:
Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
Read 10 more facts about global poverty HERE.
One's capacity to pay for a certain good or service is one of the factors to consider in identifying who is living in poverty. It varies worldwide. It is because every country has its own standards. the price of basic commodities in a certain place may differ from the others.
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Poverty Threshold is the minimum level of income deemed adequate in a particular country. Source
Poverty threshold differs from country to country. Example, in the Philippines, the Philippine Statistics Authority said that a family of five needed P10,481 per month to buy their necessities (source). While in the US the threshold for a family group of four, including two children, was US$24,250 per year (source).
From this data, we can conclude that the daily poverty threshold in the Philippines is Php 350.00 ($7.00) against the $67.00 in the US.
So, if you are earning $7.00 or more in the Philippines, you are already above the poverty threshold. But that would mean a different situation if you are in the US.
CAUSES OF POVERTY
Most of us might be thinking that poverty is the main problem. But if we will examine closely, we will find out that poverty is only an effect of a more serious problem.
Finding the main cause of the issue is the basic thing to consider if we are aiming to find a solution. By addressing these root causes, we can somehow, find a more definite solution.
So, what are the causes of poverty? Based on observation, here are the major causes of poverty:
1. Lack of Education and Skills
Personally, I can attribute poverty from lack of education. If a certain individual has not been able to get a degree or a skill, it will most likely to lead to unemployment and thus, will lead to poverty.
Education will help an individual acquire knowledge, skills and technical know-how which is essential in our day-to-day lives. A knowledgable individual has more opportunities than those who have none.
Calamity is a natural phenomenon and but we might have a contribution as to why such phenomena are happening. If an individual is only earning enough for the family's basic needs if a calamity would hit their place, most often, they would suffer from poverty for the reason that the source of income was destroyed or lost.
We will discuss more of it on our succeeding blog posts.
3. Lack of Opportunity
There are cases when our skills and knowledge wouldn't match those opportunities that are available. But this may not be such a great reason for us not to move. Some people would resort to working in another place or country where opportunities abound.
4. Sickness in the family
Health is a very important factor in every individual's life. If there is even one person inside the family that will get sick, most likely, the whole family would suffer especially if it is the breadwinner who will suffer from illness.
If a couple would give birth to a number of children than they can afford, they will be facing problems. the sad part is, it is the children, being the most vulnerable sector of the society, are the one suffering the most.
6. Lack of support from the government
Because of so many concerns, the government oftentimes fails to address the real issue in society. I am glad when I saw the current budget in our country giving more focus on education. It only means that the top-most concern of the current government is to increase the knowledge of the people.
Given that we have all the opportunities, and we have the proper knowledge and skill, but we are lazy, we are more likely to experience poverty. So, I can say that one of the reasons why we fail to achieve a good life is because of laziness.
The reasons enumerated herein are interrelated sometimes, other aspects are the effects of other causes. So, our question would be...
HOW CAN WE USE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO ELIMINATE POVERTY?
We are probably aware that eradicating extreme poverty is the number one target in the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It's good to know that the Philippine government has somehow shown some improvement leading towards the achievement of a poverty-free country in the near future.
It may not be an easy task, because As I mentioned, poverty is a product of various causes. In the current time, when artificial intelligence is at its peak, we can somehow develop ways in order to achieve these goals in a much faster way.
In this Querlo C-Blog, we would be able to learn the different ways that we can use AI to eliminate poverty and create a more developed world which is free from hunger.
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On the final thought:
Artificial intelligence can be a good tool to help us address the causes of poverty. With proper strategies and using the applicable tools and systems, we can be able to create a possible solution in order to eliminate poverty in our society. Though this may still require further studies, I believe that with the use of artificial intelligence, we can achieve this goal and we will enjoy a poverty-free world.
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by ♥Sharon Lopez
Date: July 06, 2019
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