2nd ‘AI for Good Global Summit’ takes action to ensure AI benefits humanity

ITU leads United Nations dialogue on Artificial Intelligence

Geneva, 6 February 2018 – The 2nd AI for Good Global Summit at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, 15-17 May 2018, will take action to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerates progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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The summit is organized by ITU with support from the XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sister United Nations agencies including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNCTAD, UNIDO, Global Pulse, UNICRI, UNODA, UNIDIR, UNODC, IFAD and WFP.

The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet.

“As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU aims to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” says 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.”

“As XPRIZE utilizes incentive competitions and crowdsourcing as a means to activate teams from around the world to solve an SDG-related grand challenge, we anticipate that the majority of those teams that compete to win an XPRIZE will innovate solutions with AI,” says Marcus Shingles, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation. “Thus, we are very supportive of the ‘AI for Good’ movement, and we continue to be inspired by and learn from this ecosystem, many of whom will attend this summit.”

“Achieving the true potential of AI to benefit humanity will demand clear strategies devised in concert by government, industry, academia and civil society. The AI for Good series is setting these strategies in motion,” says ACM President Vicki Hanson.

The 2nd AI for Good Global Summit will continue to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits.

‘Breakthrough teams’ will demonstrate the potential of AI to map poverty and predict natural disasters using satellite imagery, how AI could assist the delivery of citizen-centric services in smart cities, and new opportunities to provide access to AI-powered medical breakthroughs through low-tech interfaces. They will also investigate the potential of Blockchain technology to support trusted, transparent AI development…