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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 - the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges - 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 implications of AI systems and ultimately publish the first UN-backed "AI Guiding Principles" to provide guidelines on ethical, technical, standardization, societal and policy issues related to AI 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:

​​​​​​​                -     Yoshua Bengio, Head, Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms ​
​                -     Michael Møller, Director General, United Nations Office at Geneva 
                -     Manuela Maria Veloso, Professor in Computer Science and Robotics, and Head of the Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University and former                       President, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
                -     Vicki Hanson, President, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Professor of Inclusive Technologies
                -     Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International
                -     Pedro Domingos, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
                -     Gary Marcus, Director, Uber AI Labs and Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University
                -     Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford University of Dundee
                -     Cindy Smith, Director, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
                -     Jürgen Schmidhuber, Director, Swiss Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Professor of AI, University of Lugano​

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The AI for Good Global Summit will be the first of a series of annual conferences on the topic, co-organized by the ITU and the XPRIZE Foundation, in support of their mutual intent to ensure the responsible, ethical and beneficial development of AI for humanity and their pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Humanity's Grand Challenges.

 “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 and consequent needs for technical standardization and policy guidance.”
 - 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​​

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