artificial intelligence

Bias, racism and lies: facing up to the unwanted consequences of AI

Powerful digital tools using artificial intelligence (AI) software are helping in the fight against COVID-19, and have the potential to improve the world in many other ways. However, as AI seeps into more areas of daily life, it’s becoming clear that its misuse can lead to serious harm, leading the UN to call for strong, international regulation of the technology.

Young New Yorkers bring robots, and a glimpse of the future, to UN Headquarters

Tiny balls moved along a series of automated Lego robots, as young students from New York explained to United Nations staff the inner-workings of simple motors and engineering. 

Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to ‘smart sustainable cities’

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating “the transition to smart sustainable cities", said the chief of the UN agency which specializes in information and communication technologies, Houlin Zhao, kicking off the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.

Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech

Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UNESCO, the UN’s Education, Science and Culture agency, is that there are hardly any women working in the technical teams that develop these services and other cutting-edge digital tools.

News in Brief 31 January 2019

  • Syria: ‘Violence, displacement’ and cold kill 11 infants ‘in the past two days’
  • Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech
  • UN appeals for more than $162 million in aid to Ukraine
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Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech: UN report

The “upsurge” in patent applications for devices and machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last five years, suggests that it could soon revolutionize all areas of daily life far beyond the tech world, a UN report suggested on Thursday.

Artificial Intelligence raises ethical, policy challenges – UN expert

Digital solutions are transforming lives: Think of robots that help the elderly, a mobile phone app that identifies crop pests, or surgical robots in hospitals. These advances are all due to Artificial Intelligence and an extraordinary new era of machine learning.

In a ‘difficult year’ for freedom of expression, AI and digital security could help

It's time to ‘demystify’ what we know about artificial intelligence (AI), and monitor its development so it’s consistent with human rights and fosters healthy freedom of expression, according to UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye.  The expert also told UN News’s Maoqi Li that he’s ‘deeply concerned’ about increasing pressure on journalists, referencing the recent disappearance of Saudi dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Artificial Intelligence: a danger to mankind, or the key to a better world?

Siri, Alexa and Cortana are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (or A.I.), which is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our lives.

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Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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