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ITU's "AI for Good" showcases AI with positive, global impact

UN tech agency brings the latest in artificial intelligence and robotics to Geneva




Geneva, 01 February 2023
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​​​​Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics innovators—and their high-tech creations—will join humanitarian leaders in Geneva, Switzerland, 6-7 July, for the latest edition of the global summit advancing AI to drive sustainable development. 

The two-day AI for Good Global Summit organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will demonstrate how new technologies can support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in areas such as combatting the climate crisis and bolstering humanitarian response. 

“It's in our collective interest that we can shape AI faster than it is shaping us," said ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. “This summit, as the UN's primary platform for AI, will bring to the table leading voices representing a diversity of interests to ensure that AI can be a powerful catalyst for progress in our race to rescue the SDGs." 

Innovative solutions and world-class speakers 

The AI for Good Global Summit will feature eight humanoid social robots and over 20 specialized robots, being brought together for the first time under the same roof. The robots will showcase capabilities ranging from fighting fires and delivering aid to providing healthcare and farming sustainably. 

The event will also feature talks from thought leaders as well as demos of state-of-the-art AI solutions that could achieve global scale with the support of the international AI for Good community. 

Two high-level roundtables – featuring government officials, industry executives, academics, and UN partners – will explore the policies, regulations, and standards needed for AI to advance sustainable development. ​

​The event will also host the final round of the AI for Good Innovation Factory where start-ups from around the world will pitch their AI solutions to advance the SDGs. 

More than a summit 

The AI for Good Global Summit, established in 2017, returns to Geneva in person for the first time since 2019. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AI for Good transformed into a year-round online engagement platform bringing together a diverse range of participants from 183 countries. 

This year's summit combines the best of the physical and virtual worlds, with the potential to welcome over 2,500 participants in Geneva alongside online participation from the over 15,000 members of ITU's fast-growing AI-powered community platform, the AI for Good Neural Network

The event will emphasize networking to build new projects, calls to action, and partnerships. AI for Good's dynamic show floor will also include AI-inspired performances and artwork.   

ITU connects the world 

AI for Good is organized by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, together with 40 partner UN agencies. The summit is co-convened by the government of Switzerland. 

ITU's global membership includes 193 Member States and – uniquely in the UN system – over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. 

Member States at ITU's governing Plenipotentiary Conference in 2022 adopted a resolution supporting the tech agency's work across the UN system to realize the benefits of AI for sustainable development.   

The two-day AI for Good Global Summit at The International Conference Centre Geneva is preceded by machine learning workshops on 5 July led by experts from the AI of Good Discovery series

Participation in the AI for Good Global Summit is free of charge and open to everyone. 

Where human and robot minds meet 

Confirmed summit participants include: ​​
  • Lila Ibrahim – Chief Operating Officer, DeepMind​
  • Yuval Noah Harari – Historian, philosopher, and bestselling author of "Sapiens" and "Homo Deus" (participating remotely)
  • Orly Lobel – Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego, and author of "The Equality Machine" (among The Economist's best books of​ 2022)
  • Stuart Russell - Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, and author of "Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control"
  • Alessandra Sala – Senior Director of AI & Data Science, Shutterstock, and President, Women in AI
  • Babak Hodjat – Chief Technology Officer for AI, Cognizant
  • Sophia Kianni – Iranian-American climate activist, Executive Director of Climate Cardinals and, at 20 years of age, the youngest member of the UN Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
  • Andrew Zolli – Chief Impact Officer, Planet
  • Ebtesam Almazrouei – Director of the AI-Cross Center Unit at Abu Dhabi's Technology Innovation Institute
  • Iker Casillas – Former football goalkeeper, Real Madrid, FC-Porto, and Spanish National team
  • Ali Agha – Group Leader at the Autonomous and Robotics Systems Division of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies 
​The summit will also feature: ​
  • Beonmi – the world's first fully functional general-purpose humanoid robot (Beyond Imagination) 
  • Nadine - one of the world's most realistic humanoid social robots (University of Geneva)
  • Sophia - first robot Innovation Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (Hanson Robotics)
  • Geminoid – ultra-realistic humanoid robot from Japan (Hiroshi Ishiguro)
  • 4NE-1 – one of the world's most advanced cognitive humanoid robots designed to collaborate with humans (Neura Robotics)
  • Ai-Da Robot – first ultra-realistic robot artist (Aidan Meller)
  • Grace – the world's most advanced humanoid healthcare robot (SingularityNET)
  • Desdemona – the rockstar robot of the Jam Galaxy Band 

The AI for Good Global Summit 2023, co-convened by Switzerland, is supported by Immersion4 (Diamond sponsor), Technology Innovation Institute (Diamond sponsor), Monash Data Futures Institute at Monash University ​(Gold sponsor), ZTE (Gold sponsor), and Rohde & Schwarz (Networking sponsor).

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Editor's Notes:​

Media wishing to cover the AI for Good Global Summit, register herehttps://aiforgood.itu.int/summit23/

Participation is free of charge and open to all in Geneva and online.

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About AI for Good

The goal of AI for Good is to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and connect AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers to help scale up AI solutions globally. The landmark 2017 AI for Good Global Summit marked the beginning of a global dialogue on the potential of AI to act as a force for good. The action-oriented 2018 and 2019 summits gave rise to numerous AI for Good projects including several ITU "pre-standardization" initiatives investigating the standardization requirements for high-potential AI use cases. The upcoming AI for Good Global Summit 2023 (6-7 July, Geneva) combines 2,500+ participants and online participation from the over 15,000 members of the AI-powered community platform, the AI for Good Neural Network, making it the world's largest and most inclusive AI solutions and matchmaking event. For more information,​​ ​visit: https://aiforgood.itu.int/.


​About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit: www.itu.int.​​​​​​