AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 7-9 June 2017, aims to accelerate the development and democratization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to address global challenges such as poverty, hunger, health, education, equality and the protection of our environment.
Organized by ITU and the
XPRIZE Foundation – in partnership with UN agencies, including
UN Global Pulse – the summit will evaluate the opportunities presented by AI with a view to ensuring that AI benefits all of humanity.
The event will offer tangible guidance on the tenets of responsible AI development, from the perspectives of technology, ethics, standardization and policy.
"As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU aims to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "We are providing a neutral platform for international dialogue to build a common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies."
"Across many of our active competitions, we are seeing teams use AI as an underlying tool across a variety of domains, from creating personalized learning experiences for children with no access to formal education in Tanzania, to empowering consumers to make healthcare decisions with a medical Tricorder device, to guiding advanced and autonomous robotic vehicles to explore the deep sea or to find their way to the lunar surface," said Marcus Shingles, CEO of XPRIZE. "With the acceleration and democratization of AI, we recognize the tremendous opportunity for an emerging generation of problem solvers to tackle global challenges."
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.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Yoshua Bengio, Head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms
- Pedro Domingos, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington
- Vicki Hanson, President of ACM, and Distinguished Professor of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology
- Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft AI and Research
- Fei-Fei Li, Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Chief Scientist of AI at Google Cloud
- Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University
- Michael Møller, Director General of United Nations Office at Geneva
- Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google
- Yin Qi, Founder and CEO of Megvii (Face++)
- Francesca Rossi, Research Scientist, IBM Watson, and Professor of Computer Science, University of Padova
- Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, at University of Oxford
- Jürgen Schmidhuber, Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA; Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, Switzerland; President, NNAISENSE
- Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International
- Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI
- Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor, Head of the Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University, researcher in AI, robotics, and machine learning, and former President of AAAI
- Jing Wang, Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Baidu
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XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE's philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Women's Safety XPRIZE. For more information, visit http://www.xprize.org/.
UN partner organizations
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)