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Press Release: ITU launches global dialogue on Artificial Intelligence for good...

ITU launches global dialogue on Artificial Intelligence for good

AI for Good Global Summit aims to ensure that AI benefits humanity

Geneva, 23 March 2017

The 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 OHCHR, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNICRI, UNIDO, UNITAR and 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: