Facilitating conducive policy and regulation
As the United Nations´ specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU brings together stakeholders representing governments, industries, academic institutions and civil society groups from all over the world to gain a better understanding of the emerging field of AI for good.
Building on the success of ITU´s first AI for Good Global Summit, the 2018 Summit collaborated with 32 UN family agencies and other global stakeholders to identify strategies to ensure that AI technologies are developed in a trusted, safe and inclusive manner, with equitable access to their benefits. The Summit spawned more than 30 pioneering 'AI for Good' project proposals on expanded and improved health care, enhanced monitoring of agriculture and biodiversity using satellite imagery, smart urban development and trust in AI.
ITU maintains an AI Repository where anyone working in the field of artificial intelligence can contribute key information about how to leverage AI for good. This is the only global repository that identifies AI-related projects, research initiatives, think tanks and organizations that aim to accelerate progress on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ITU regularly brings together heads of ICT regulatory authorities from around the world to share views and developments on AI and other pressing regulatory issues, address questions of governance and strengthen collaboration to use AI for good.
Moving forward, international standards—the technical specifications and requirements that AI and other technologies will need to fulfil to perform well—can help address the risks of AI by allowing machine learning to be ethical, predictable, reliable and efficient.
The ITU Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks, including 5G, has been examining how technical standardization can support emerging applications of machine learning in fields such as Big Data analytics, as well as security and data protection in the coming 5G era. The Group will draft specifications to enable ICT networks and their components to adapt their behaviour autonomously in the interests of ethics, efficiency, security and optimal user experience.
Out of the 2018 AI for Good Global Summit came the call for more standardization for health, in the form of the newly created Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health (FG-AI4H), which aims inter alia to create standardized benchmarks to evaluate Artificial Intelligence algorithms used in healthcare applications.
Last update: February 2019