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Global leaders in artificial intelligence and humanitarian action set to convene 15-17 May for second annual ‘AI for Good Global Summit’

ITU facilitates global engagement to ensure that AI benefits humanity




Geneva, 04 May 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now widely identified as being able to address the greatest challenges facing humanity – supporting innovation in fields ranging from crisis management and healthcare to smart cities and communications networking.   

The second annual 'AI for Good Global Summit' will take place 15-17 May in Geneva, and seeks to leverage AI to accelerate progress towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and ultimately benefit humanity.

The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform to harness the benefits of AI,  , and is hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT). This year's event is being held in partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and more than 30 UN agencies.

WHAT: Global event to advance 'AI for Good' with the participation of internationally recognized AI experts. The programme will include interactive high-level panels, while 'AI Breakthrough Teams' will propose AI strategies able to create impact in the near term, guided by an expert audience of mentors representing government, industry, academia and civil society – through interactive sessions. The summit will connect AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers, building collaboration to take promising strategies forward.

A special demo & exhibit track will feature innovative applications of AI designed to: protect women from sexual violence, avoid infant crib deaths, end child abuse, predict oral cancer, and improve mental health treatments for depression – as well as interactive robots including: Alice, a Dutch invention designed to support the aged; iCub, an open-source robot; and Sophia, the humanoid AI robot.

WHEN: 15-17 May 2018, beginning daily at 9 AM

WHERE: ITU Headquarters, 2 Rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland (Please note: entrance to ITU is now limited for all visitors to the Montbrillant building entrance only on rue Varembé).

WHO: Confirmed participants to date include expert representatives from: Association for Computing Machinery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cambridge University, Carnegie Mellon, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Consumer Trade Association, Facebook,  Fraunhofer, Google, Harvard University, IBM Watson, IEEE, Intellectual Ventures, ITU, Microsoft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Partnership on AI, Planet Labs, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, University of California at Berkeley, University of Tokyo, XPRIZE Foundation, Yale University – and the participation of "Sophia" the humanoid robot and "iCub" the EU open source robotcub.

The summit is organized in partnership with the following United Nations agencies: GlobalPulse, CTBTO, ICAO, IFAD, ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS,  UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNDPA, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNICRI, UNIDIR, UNIDO, UNISDR, UNITAR, UNODA, UNODC, UNOG, UNOOSA, UNOPS, UN University, WFP, WHO, WIPO, The World Bank.

The 2018 summit is kindly supported by Gold Sponsors ACM, the Kay Family Foundation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, PWC, and Silver Sponsors Ernst & Young, Zero Abuse.


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