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Driven by the rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, intelligent machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely solely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity. As a result, we will in the near future see large parts of our lives influenced by AI.
AI innovation will also be central to the achievement of the
United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and will help solving humanity's grand challenges by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behavior, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.
With large parts of our lives being influenced by AI, it is critical that government, industry, academia and civil society work together to evaluate the opportunities presented by AI, ensuring that AI benefits all of humanity. Responding to this critical issue, ITU and the XPRIZE Foundation are organizing the first
AI for Good Global Summit
in Geneva, 7-9 June, 2017 in partnership with a number of UN sister agencies. The Summit aims to accelerate and advance the development and democratization of AI solutions that can address specific global challenges related to poverty, hunger, health, education, the environment, and others.
The Summit provides a neutral platform for government officials, UN agencies, NGO's, industry leaders, and AI experts to discuss the ethical, technical, societal and policy issues related to AI, offer reccommendations and guidance, and promote international dialogue and cooperation in support of AI innovation.
A number of distinguished speakers and organizations have committed to participating in the Summit, including:
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
Senior VP and Head of Research at Baidu
Director of Research at Google
Founder and CEO of Megvii (Face++)
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft AI and Research
Head of Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms
Director General of
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, and
Former President of AAAI
President of ACM, and Distinguished Professor of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology
Secretary General of
University of Washington
Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at
New York University
James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, at University of Oxford
Director of United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA; Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, Switzerland;
President of NNAISENSE
The event, the first of a series of annual conferences on AI, will convene representatives of government, industry, UN agencies, civil society and the AI research community to explore the latest developments in AI and their implications for regulation, ethics and security and privacy. Breakout sessions will invite participants to collaborate and propose strategies for the development of AI applications and systems to promote sustainable living, reduce poverty and deliver citizen-centric public services.
“As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are providing a neutral platform for international dialogue aimed at building a common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.”
- Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU
"XPRIZE sees tremendous opportunity in this emerging generation of problem solvers to use AI to solve humanity’s grandest challenges."
- Marcus Shingles, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation