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There are many reasons to hope for a brighter year ahead. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
It wasn’t all bad
Given that 2021 started with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and is ending with the surge of yet another coronavirus variant, it’s easy to forget all the good that happened this year. Nearly nine billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, and almost 200 countries signed an agreement pledging to take action on climate change. (And, depending on your tastes, we got new seasons of “Ted Lasso” and “Succession.”)
Corporate America has slowly become more diverse, and is getting more so: Nearly 50 percent of all new members of S&P 500 companies’ boards were from historically underrepresented groups, according to the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, up from 22 percent the year before.
The past year also renewed our faith that good things can come at what seem like the worst of times. So as another pandemic year nears its end, we’ve decided once again to focus our last newsletter of the year (we’ll be back on Jan. 3) on some of the most promising developments of 2021 — and things to be hopeful about in 2022 and beyond.
New purposes for A.I. are emerging. While plenty of corporate uses of artificial intelligence have drawn criticism, there are others that face much less controversy. One such effort is the Data & Trust Alliance, which has signed up the likes of CVS Health, Deloitte and G.M. and others to support using A.I. to detect and combat algorithmic bias. Last month, 193 countries signed a first-ever global agreement to devise a common framework for the ethics of A.I. More recently, a researcher unveiled technology that might be used to predict breast cancer in healthy people. And maybe next year, robots will make better calls in baseball games.