ITU Unveils Artificial Intelligence Platform to Accelerate Community Development

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ITU General Secretary Houlin Zhao.

The United Nations (UN) technology agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform, which aims to increase global collaboration on the use of AI to promote sustainable development.

The AI ​​for Good neural network offers content and collaboration opportunities aligned with each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN, and is also designed to accelerate exchanges between government and industry in order to Foster partnerships to achieve the SDGs.

The launch of the platform is part of the UN and ITU’s AI for Good program, which aims to scale up the use and development of AI capabilities to grow communities globally.

The AI ​​for Good program is led by ITU in partnership with 40 UN system organizations and provides a global and inclusive action-oriented platform promoting AI to advance health, climate, gender , inclusive prosperity, sustainable infrastructure and other global development priorities. .

With the unveiling of the AI ​​for Good neural network, ITU says it hopes to “spur unprecedented cooperation across boundaries and borders,” to foster impactful SDG-focused partnerships in AI.

According to the ITU, its AI for Good program has since helped to “drive innovation, foster knowledge exchange and promote achievements in AI” around the world. He adds that with the AI ​​for Good Neural Network, he hopes to attract those interested in how AI can positively impact the future of humanity.

“This cutting-edge new tool puts AI for Good at the service of the United Nations and our global community in a way that was not possible just a few years ago,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin. Zhao.

“With the ongoing pandemic moving our work and learning environments largely online, the neural network is now harnessing the power of AI to drive meaningful action, bring more partners on board, and accelerate innovation. AI in pursuit of sustainable development.”

Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Bureau of Standardization, adds: “Artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) offer highly practical applications across multiple industries and sectors – applications with tremendous potential to serve as for the good.

“AI and ML are gaining momentum in ITU standardization work, with research, analysis and stakeholder discussions focused on network orchestration and management, multimedia coding, service quality assessment and various aspects of telecommunications management, operations and services, as well as cable networks, all supporting accelerated digital transformation in key industry verticals.”

Additionally, ITU says its pre-standards initiatives have looked to AI to find solutions and help set standards for “better healthcare, autonomous and assisted driving, environmental efficiency, natural disaster management, machine learning in 5G networks and, more recently, digital agriculture”. .

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