Asia’s millennials see peace thru AI

Asia’s millennials are most passionate for providing opportunities for children to get an education (37% of survey takers), followed by climate change and global warming (21%), according to Telenor Group.

To support Telenor Youth Forum 2017 recruitment, the company did an online survey covering 2,500 respondents aged 15 to 30 years in Asian markets including Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Other global issues that Asia’s millennials are driven to make change include the stigma surrounding mental health issues (17%), unemployment among youth (17%), and gender inequality (8%).

Resolving many of the same issues is also a year-long mission of Telenor Youth Forum delegates, whose tech-driven proposals were funded for research and prototyping at a pitching session held in Bangkok last May.

Asia’s millennials feel strongly about the role of technology and its impact when relating to the pursuit of their social causes. Close to half of Asia’s millennials (48%) polled believe that enabling equal opportunities and access to education will benefit most from technology advancements. Selected by the second most number of respondents was confronting climate change and global warming (28%).

When asked about the technology that has the largest potential to give rise to peace, 32% of the respondents placed their bets on artificial intelligence, followed by the Internet of Things (30%), and virtual reality (28%).

Across all six markets, artificial intelligence, the IoT and virtual reality rank consistently in the top three – suggesting the vast potential seen in these future technologies by the Internet generation.

Another consistent trend across all markets is the youth’s perspectives of their generation. Regionally, 37% of the millennials polled described themselves as ‘the most innovative and entrepreneurial generation in history’, reflecting a similar proportion in Bangladesh (37%), Malaysia (38%) and Pakistan (38%).

Youths in all the surveyed markets ranked education as the most critical form of support in order to enable them to become tomorrow’s peace leaders. This finding was consistent in all six Asia markets, where 47% of Asia’s respondents believe leaders today should invest in developing a more inclusive education system that gives everyone equal access and opportunities.