UN chief calls for regulation to ensure Artificial Intelligence (AI) benefits all

A few humanoid robots are speakers at the event and a few humanoid robots will be answering questions at the Press Conference in Geneva

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Surinder Singh Oberoi
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New Delhi: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for the implementation of regulations to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) benefits everyone. Speaking at the "AI for Good" Global Summit in Geneva, Guterres emphasized the importance of safeguarding human rights, transparency, and accountability in the development of AI.

He highlighted the need to extend the benefits of AI to the entire global population, including those who are currently offline.

The Global Summit in Geneva which brings together government officials, civil society organizations, UN agencies, AI innovators, and investors, aims to explore the potential of AI in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin also stressed the urgency of utilizing AI to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, as the world is currently falling behind its targets.

She outlined a positive vision where AI could revolutionize disease research, renewable energy production, and agriculture. However, she cautioned against potential risks, such as job disruption, misinformation, and unequal distribution of benefits.

The concerns raised by these leaders echo the warnings issued by UN human rights chief Volker Türk earlier this year. Türk cautioned against the unchecked advancement of generative AI, emphasizing the risks posed to human agency, dignity, and rights. He urged governments and businesses to prioritize ethical considerations in the development of AI technologies.

Bogdan-Martin highlighted the urgency of utilizing AI to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, as the world currently finds itself off-track in meeting its targets. She outlined a hopeful vision where AI could revolutionize disease research, renewable energy production, and agricultural practices to benefit humankind. However, she also warned of a dystopian scenario where AI disrupts job markets, facilitates the spread of misinformation, and only benefits wealthy nations.

As part of the summit, an exhibition called "Robotics for Good" showcases over 50 innovative robots designed to support various aspects of human life. These robots include humanoid robots, which will participate as "speakers" at the event, demonstrating their potential as caregivers and companions for the elderly.

The summit has generated significant interest, and a press conference is scheduled for this evening in Geneva. Some of the humanoid robots will be present at the conference, providing an interactive experience and answering questions about their capabilities and societal impacts.

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