How can we ensure the participation and inclusion of all relevant voices and minds in global AI research and innovation?
swissnex Network, foraus, and AI Commons are launching an initiative ‘AI for Good: Towards an inclusive future’ as part of the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva on May 28-31, 2019. In the past two years, more than 20 countries have released or announced national AI strategies, while international fora such as the UN, EU, G7, and OECD have produced principles and guidelines on the global governance of AI. While practically all of them stress the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation, inclusion, and participation to ensure beneficial outcomes for people and the planet, few explain what it means in practice or offer concrete solutions to do so. This initiative will consist of a global series of workshops conducted at various locations of the swissnex Network and the Open Think Tank Network, culminating in a synthesis session at the AI for Good Global Summit.
The Bangalore edition will include a workshop on ‘AI for Good: Towards an inclusive future’ organised by swissnex India in partnership with WadhwaniAI. Using foraus’ Policy Kitchen crowdsourcing methodology, we aim to collect ideas for initiatives, models, and policies fostering the inclusion of diverse voices and minds in AI. We will explore the research, development, and governance aspects of AI, as all are crucial to realise the principle of inclusion in practice. All the ideas coming out of the workshop will be published on the Policy Kitchen platform. These proposals will be reviewed by an advisory board and presented in a final publication as well as to decision makers at various national and multilateral bodies, including the AI for Good Global Summit and AI Commons.
Participation is only by invite.
Meet the Experts
Sophie-Charlotte FischerPhD Candidate / ETH Zurich
Sophie-Charlotte Fischer is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich and a Research Affiliate with The Centre for the Governance of AI at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the development and governance of emerging technologies in the U.S. and China.
Fred WernerHead, Strategic Engagement Division / International Telecommunication
Fred is the ‘Head of Strategic Engagement’ for ITU’s standardisation bureau and was instrumental in the creation of the landmark ‘AI for Good’ Global Summit. Previously, he worked as the Communications & Program Director for ETIS – The Global IT Association for Telecommunications. Fred is deeply involved with innovation, digital transformation, financial inclusion, 5G and AI via numerous ICT industry projects and events he has developed. He has also been credited with helping the telecom industry create a pan-European community of cyber-security experts. Fred has a B.A. in Business & Human Resources Management, a Minor in Communications, an MBA in International Business and a Technical MBA in Managing Telecoms Technology.
Alpan RavalHead of Data Science / Wadhwani AI
Alpan is head of data science at Wadhwani AI. He is a physicist by training and was a tenured faculty member at the Claremont colleges in California. Since moving to India he has worked at D E Shaw Research, Amazon, and most recently managed an AI team at LinkedIn that optimises its news feed.