AI for Good blog

AI for Good: Time to move the needle

Inclusivity | Innovation & Creativity

By ITU News

Datasets relevant to sustainable development, expertise in AI and humanitarian action, and ‘AI for Good’ projects with ambitions to achieve global impact – these are the three key pillars of the Global Initiative on AI and Data Commons.

The AI for Good Global Summit has showcased numerous AI projects with promise to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But, despite their promise, these projects face considerable challenges in gaining the scale necessary to achieve global impact.

The Global Initiative is supporting the AI for Good community in overcoming these challenges.

Impact on a global scale will require common enabling infrastructure – ‘AI and Data Commons’ – comprising shared knowledge, datasets and problem-solving approaches to stimulate the development and application of AI for Good projects.

The Initiative is open to all interested parties.

< Complete this form to express your interest >
Your responses will assist the initiative in matching your interests to projects, working groups and new e-meetings.

An open framework for collaboration
The Global Initiative is an open framework for collaboration akin to the Commons it seeks to create – a decentralized system to democratize problem-solving with AI.

The Initiative will offer assemblies of resources to launch new AI projects aligned with the SDGs, and scale them up fast.

It will connect AI specialists, AI users, data owners and experts in domains to benefit from AI applications, helping them to align incentives for innovation and develop AI solutions to precisely defined problems. AI development and application will build on state-of-the-art infrastructure, enabling AI solutions to scale with the help of shared datasets, testing and simulation environments, AI models and associated software, and storage and computing resources.

Three workstreams
The Initiative adopts a structure elaborated by a January 2020 roundtable welcoming some 100 representatives of industry, academia, government, United Nations agencies and technical standards bodies.

It will build on standards and frameworks under development globally, to the mutual benefit of their development and implementation.

A Workstream on ‘Repositories’ will curate resources spanning from knowledge and AI capabilities to directories of experts, ongoing AI for Good projects, and initiatives developing relevant standards and frameworks. It will support the connection of problem statements with projects pursuing solutions and identify factors influencing project scalability and sustainability.

A Workstream on ‘Marketplaces’ will enact a connection to marketplaces of datasets and AI models, capturing knowledge supporting problem solving with AI. It will study incentives and other considerations for contributions of datasets and AI models to the Commons.

A third Workstream on ‘Projects Scaling’ aims to scale up existing projects and initiatives, supporting inclusive access to AI and data as tools to advance sustainable development.

‘Project Zero’ will work towards the establishment of a ‘global service platform’ built on the automated analysis of satellite imagery, opening access to the infrastructure required for associated AI services to achieve immediate global reach.
‘Project One’ will support the growth of Technovation, an initiative helping young women and families to explore core concepts of AI and apply AI tools to solve problems in their communities as part of global competitions.
‘Project Two’ will support the new XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance in collecting the data necessary to support globally coordinated responses to pandemics such as COVID-19.
Was this article Helpful ? yes no
Sign up to our weekly Newsletter
Popular Now

How ICT regulators are sharing best practices on the REG4COVID platform

AI for Good: Time to move the needle

Why ITU supports Africa’s new platform for health and economic action

Africa is at the AI innovation table and ‘ready for the next wave’

Why WSIS is more important than ever

Go in-depth with

Available in six languages

Emerging Trends
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Connected Car
Digital Finance
Digital TV
Multimedia, Content & Apps
Open Source
Smart Cities
Policy/ Regulatory Reform
Tariff Policy and Competition
Broadband/ Network
Cybersecurity/ Trust
Emergency Communications
Network Management
Quality/ Performance
ITU-T Standards
ITU-R Standards
ICT for Sustainable Development
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

© International Telecommunication Union 1865-2018 All Rights Reserved.
ITU is the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technology. Any opinions expressed and statistics presented by third parties do not necessarily reflect the views of ITU.
We must build on best practices to empower women and girls in tech: Laura Chinchilla…
By Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica and Vice President of the World Leadership Alliance, Club de Madrid As a consequence of the glob…
Join the Global

Are you sure you want to remove this speaker?