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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 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:
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Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
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Jing Wang
Senior VP and Head of Research at  Baidu​
Peter Norvig Photo 
Peter Norvig
Director of Research at Google
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Yin Qi Photo 
Yin Qi
Founder and C
EO of Megvii (Face++)
Peter Lee Photo 
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft AI and ​Research 
at Microsoft
Yoshua Benigio Photo 
Yoshua Ben​gio
Head of Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms
Michael Moller Photo 
Director General of
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)​
Professor in Computer Science and Robotics ​at Carnegie Mellon University, and 
Former President of AAAI
Vicki Hanson Photo 
Vicki Hanson​
President of ACM, and Distinguished Professor of Computing at the ​Rochester Institute of Technology
Salil Shetty Photo 
Salil Shetty
Secretary General of
Amnesty International
Pedro Domingos Photo 
Pedro Domingos​
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering ​at
University of Washington
Gary Marcus Photo 
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
Cindy Smith
Cindy Smith
Director of United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)​
Juergen Schmidhuber Photo 
Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA; Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, Switzerland; 
​President of NNAISENSE 
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 Found​ation, 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.”

 - 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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