Breakthrough Days: What is AI for Good anyway?
In recent years, a large number of AI for Good projects have been deployed all over the world, using AI technologies to solve critical issues such as poverty, hunger and climate change. While certainly well-intentioned, these projects often miss crucial elements in their design and deployment, which can result in much fanfare but little impact. We explore the AI for Good space through a series of examples, finally proposing a set of guiding principles to ensure the usage of AI for the biggest positive impact.
Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
SASHA LUCCIONI Postdoctoral Researcher - AI for Humanity, Université de MontréalMila - Quebec AI InstituteSASHA LUCCIONIPostdoctoral Researcher - AI for Humanity, Université de MontréalMila - Quebec AI InstituteAlexandra (Sasha) Luccioni is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on AI for Humanity initiatives at Mila - Quebec AI Institute, under the supervision of Yoshua Bengio. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Computing from UQÀM in 2018 and spent two years working in applied ML, specifically in applying deep learning and NLP to different industrial applications. She is highly involved in community initiatives, serving on the Research and Policy Committee of Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and on the Advisory board of Kids Code Jeunesse.
AMIR BANIFATEMIChief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme CommitteeXPRIZEMy general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market. I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships. I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements. I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.
- 17:00 - 17:45
- What is AI for Good anyway?
- Keynote address
- 17:45 - 19:15
- Project Presentations