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Global dialogue on artificial intelligence for good

Posted on 14th May 2017 at 18:15pm

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and XPRIZE are convening the world's most respected experts in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sustainable Development for the AI for Good Global Summit to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, this June, at ITU's Headquarters.

The event aims to accelerate the development and leveraging of AI solutions to address the world's most pressing challenges, such as poverty, hunger, health, education, equality and the protection of the environment. 

It is being organised by ITU, the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, and the XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges – in partnership with OHCHR, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNICRI, UNIDO, UNITAR, ILO, WIPO, WHO, WFP, ICAO, IFAD, UNFCCC, UN DESA and UN Global Pulse.

The event will convene representatives from government, industry, UN agencies, academia, civil society and the AI research community. These decision-makers and influencers will come together to explore the latest developments in AI and its potential in helping achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, while also discussing implications for security and privacy, as well as the ethical aspects of AI.

In addition, participants will evaluate the opportunities presented by AI with a view to ensuring that AI benefits all of humanity.

Plenary sessions on the first day of the event will give voice to leading minds in AI, framing the discussions by offering expert insight into the state of play in AI, its potential to benefit humanity and the best course of action to help ensure that AI fulfils this potential.

Breakthrough sessions will invite participants to collaborate in proposing strategies for the development of AI applications and systems able to promote sustainable living, reduce poverty and deliver citizen-centric public services.

AI technologies will also be shared, including the presence of the humanoid robot Sophia, by Hanson Robotics.

The event takes place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on June 7-9, 2017. Click here for details 

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