3rd AI for Good Global Summit focuses on SDGs

The 3rd AI for Good Global Summit have showcased numerous artificial intelligence (AI) projects with promise to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 3rd AI for Good Global Summit, held in Geneva focused on AI projects in fields including education, healthcare and wellbeing, social and economic equality, space research, and smart and safe mobility.

“AI will have the greatest impact when everyone can access its benefits. On the other hand, every government, company, university, international institution, civil society organization and every single one of us should consider how best to work together to ensure AI serves as a positive force for humanity,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“At the core of this is data. AI and data need to be a shared resource if we are serious about scaling AI for good. The community supporting the summit is creating infrastructure to scale-up their collaboration – to convert the principles underlying the summit into global impact,” added Zhao.

“These summits bring together a wide range of innovators, investors, data owners and humanitarian actors,” said Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

“Inclusive dialogue has helped them to clarify their respective roles in ensuring that AI fulfils its potential to act as a force for good, clarity that will continue to increase with the development of the ‘AI Commons’ – the embodiment of the AI for Good community’s commitment to collaboration,” added Lee.

Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE said, “At XPRIZE, we believe AI can be used to address some of the grandest challenges of our time. We are proud to help scale AI for Good, by defining new common knowledge and frameworks that are truly inclusive for all, and know this is a crucial step in advancing solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

The ‘AI Commons’ will provide an open framework for collaboration, a decentralized system to democratize problem solving with AI. AI adopters will connect with AI specialists and data owners to align incentives for innovation and develop AI solutions to precisely defined problems. AI development and application will build on the state of the art, enabling AI solutions to scale with the help of shared datasets, testing and simulation environments, AI models and associated software, and storage and computing resources.

The ‘AI Commons’ is an initiative supported by ITU, the XPRIZE Foundation, Mila, IEEE Standards Association, Anima, HEC Paris, the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, McGovern Foundation, BOTNAR Foundation, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Enovant Foundation, The Future Society, Ocean Protocol, Inspired Minds, Camera Culture at MIT, Element AI, District 3, Wadhwani AI, Swissnex Network, Sahara Ventures, and Hong Kong’s Center for Artificial Intelligence Research.


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