1 min readAI For Good: Addressing the AI question

With the 2019 AI for Good Global Summit, a new hope for addressing the AI challenge comes to the fore. The AI for Good Repository launched after the summit has changed the conversation from theory to social action.

AI For Good Foundation was founded in 2010 in order to advance technologies that are in support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). It is best known for the AI for Good Global Summit, which happens annually.

This year, the Global Summit took place in Geneva, Switzerland. Speakers to the event included futurist Ray Kurzweil, Space Ambassador Anousheh Ansari, Microsoft executive Jean-Philippe Courtois, Baidu executive Yan Huang, and World Chess Chamption Yves Daccord, among others.

Just like the previous conferences, this year’s conference tackled how technology could assist in the achievement of the UN SDGs, with special focus on the creation of smart communities, the use of AI in health and space research, and the dangers of AI. This time, however, there is a growing recognition of the need for governments, businesses, academia, and civil society to work together in order for AI to become beneficial for all. Perhaps another important change in this year’s summit is the focus on action-oriented responses to the AI challenge.

The report attached below is a summary of the discussions during the 2019 AI For Good Summit. With this report comes the release of the AI for Good Repository which enables individuals working in the field of AI to contribute their individual and organizational projects and research initiatives geared towards solving humanity’s greatest challenges.

In the next few days, we shall go through some of the most important sessions of the conference in order to fully appreciate the impact of this global summit.

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