Artificial Intelligence for Good @ITU’s Geneva #AIforGood Summit

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Driven by the rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, intelligent machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve, and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely solely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity. As a result, we will in the near future see large parts of our lives influenced by AI.  


AI innovation will also be central to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will help in solving humanity’s grand challenges by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behavior, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.


With large parts of our lives being influenced by AI, it is critical that government, industry, academia and civil society work together to evaluate the opportunities presented by AI, ensuring that AI benefits all of humanity.  Responding to this critical issue, ITU and the XPRIZE Foundation are organizing AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva,  7-9 June, 2017 in partnership with a number of UN sister agencies. The Summit aims to accelerate and advance the development and democratization of AI solutions that can address specific global challenges related to poverty, hunger, health, education, the environment, and others.


The Summit provides a neutral platform for government officials, UN agencies, NGOs, industry leaders, and AI experts to discuss the ethical, technical, societal and policy issues related to AI, offer recommendations and guidance,​ and promote international dialogue and cooperation in support of AI innovation.



The Summit explores the new frontiers of AI development and how we can ensure its future contributes to an inclusive and sustainable world that leaves no one behind. To learn more about the summit click on the conference readings below:


You can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #AIforGood

The event will convene representatives of government, industry, UN agencies, civil society and the AI research community to explore the latest developments in AI and their implications for regulation, ethics and security and privacy. Breakout sessions will invite participants to collaborate and propose strategies for the development of AI applications and systems to promote sustainable living, reduce poverty, and deliver citizen-centric public services.​


“As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are providing a neutral platform for international dialogue aimed at building a common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.”

– Houlin Zhao, Secretary General ​of ITU

“XPRIZE sees tremendous opportunity in this emerging generation of problem solvers to use AI to solve humanity’s grandest ​challenges.”

Marcus Shingles, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation

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