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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 ingenuit​y. 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 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:
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Rupert Stadler
CEO and ​Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
Margaret Chan
Margaret Chan​
Director-General of ​World Health Organization (WHO)
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Peter Norvig​
Director of Research at Google
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Professor at University of Padova, and Research Scientist at IBM Watson​​
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Corporate Vice President of Microsoft AI and ​Research 
at Microsoft
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Yoshua Ben​gio
Head of Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms
 
Fei-Fei Li​
Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL), and Chief Scientist of AI at Google Cloud 
Professor in Computer Science and Robotics ​at Carnegie Mellon ​​University, and 
Former President of AAAI
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Vicki Hanson​
President of ACM, and Distinguished Professor of Computing at the ​Rochester Institute of Technology
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Salil Shetty​
Secretary General of
Amnesty International
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Pedro Domingos​
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering ​at
University of Washington
Gary Marcus 
Gary Marcus​
​Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at
New York University
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Anders Sandberg
James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute​, at University of Oxford​
Director of United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)​
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Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA; Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, Switzerland; 
​President of NNAISENSE ​
 
Mike Hinch​ey​
President of IFIP, and Director of Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Lero)
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Eric Horvitz (Remote)
Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research 
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Founder and CEO of ​Hanson Robotics
Stuart Russell
Stuart Russell​
 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC-Berkeley, and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC-San Francisco
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President & CEO of ​Catronic Enterprise, and Board Chair at 
IEEE Computer Society
 
​Frits Bussemaker​
​Secretary General, International Relations and Partner at CIONET​​
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Neil Sahota​
World Wide Business Development Leader at IBM Watson
Amir Banifatemi
Amir Banifatemi​
Prize Lead of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE​, ​and Chair of Programme Committee

Stephen Ibaraki​
Founding Managing Partner REDDS Venture Investment Partners, Co-Chairman ACM Practitioner Board, Founding Chairman IFIP Global Industry Council, Chairman of Outreach Committee
Elim Kay
Elim Kay
CEO of the Kay Family Foundation
Katsumi Emura
Katsumi Emura​
Chair of Industrialization Roadmap Task Force, Strategic Council for AI Technology​

Padmanabhan Anandan
Vice President of Adobe Research India
Senior Director of Symantec Research Labs at Symantec​
Rob Nail
Rob Nail
CEO of Singularity University

John Chen
Founder of WikiOmni-Word4app
The event 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

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"XPRIZE sees tre​mendous 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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