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UNDP partners with QCRI to use AI for social good

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Qatar forum on leveraging AI to solve humanitarian problems fills to capacity.

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Representatives from UN agencies and the world’s leading NGOs will gather with academics and industry delegates in Doha this month to take part in a forum to increase understanding of and identify applications for using artificial intelligence to solve real-world development and humanitarian problems.
The United Nations Development Programme is partnering with QCRI's Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence to host the UNDP-QCRI Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Workshop on Sunday, February 17.
Speakers from organizations including the UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, iDMC and the World Bank will cover topics including AI for the most vulnerable, and using AI to detect, map and quantify internal displacement.  Representatives from private sector and academia, including Vodafone and New York University’s GovLab will also be attending to discuss how partnerships can be forged to effect positive change.
“The workshop will provide an opportunity to consider questions including the ethics related to ensuring AI delivers equal benefits to all leaving no one behind, technical and legal issues related to data access, as well as operational issues related to the integration of new technologies,” said QCRI Research Director and organizer Dr. Ingmar Weber.
“The emphasis will be on forging a realistic outlook bridging the pessimists (“extreme poverty won’t be solved by algorithms”) and the optimists (“this Twitter sentiment dashboard will change everything”) and on identifying opportunities for partnerships among stakeholders.”
Innovation Team Leader at UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States Jennifer Colville said: “We are mindful of both the possibilities, and the risks, that advances in artificial intelligence hold for society.  We welcome the opportunity of this workshop to hear from some of the leading lights in AI and to offer a platform for connecting those with development and humanitarian challenges to those with resources to help solve them.  We hope that the outcome of this convening will contribute to the agenda in the AI space.”
Anyone interested in the development and humanitarian sectors and/or novel applications of artificial intelligence, is invited to attend the workshop and contribute to the discussions and network with other experts from the field. 

* Note: This event has filled to capacity

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