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.

In an appeal for an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, Anastassia Lauterbach warns that without it, unexpected harm might result.

Students of Computer Sciences at Khowaja Institute of Information Technology (KIIT) in Hyderabad, Pakistan learn computing skills.
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As International Telecommunication Union turns 150, Ban hails ‘resilience’ of oldest UN agency

Marking 150 years since founding of oldest member in the United Nations system, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today applauded the continued resilience and relevance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), emphasizing that telecommunications – as well as information and communications technology (ICT) – drive innovation.
Minister for Communications and Multimedia of Malaysia Ahmad Shabery Cheek calls on the ITU to develop leading edge standards to facilitate the transmission of flight data in real time.
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UN telecom head calls for real-time flight data in wake of Malaysian airline tragedy

In the wake of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ongoing hunt for the plane, the head of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today committed the agency to the search for a real-time inflight communications system, drawing on new technology to help improve on the 50-year-old “black box” model.