Category SDGs

Why WikiOmni and Word4App founder John Chen supports the AI for Good Global Summit: Q&A

Renowned artificial intelligence (AI) expert Stephen Ibaraki recently interviewed Jiang (John) Chen, the founder of WikiOmni and Word4App about why he is supporting the AI for Good Global Summit (AGGS) this June in Geneva, Switzerland. Below is an excerpted version of the interview. Q: Personally, professionally, and as founder of WikiOmni and Word4App, why are you supporting … AGGS? A: […]

How ‘computational sustainability’ uses AI to protect the planet: 3 use cases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) does more than make our technology smarter, it also protects the planet. Consider the work of researchers in the field of ‘Computational Sustainability‘ – a field of AI research making us better stewards of life on Earth. Despite being a relatively new research field, Computational Sustainability has already helped fight wildlife poaching, […]

Big Data for big impact: Swisscom’s smart city infrastructure project

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  Big Data is a valuable tool for 21st century infrastructure projects and the case of Swisscom’s smart city project illustrates how Big Data can help […]

China’s One Belt, One Road can improve lives at scale through ICT investment

As China embarks on its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative to reinvigorate key international trade routes through massive infrastructure projects, one of the most important investment areas will be information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They enable the work of industries and services, governments, businesses and citizens. […]

New ITU Council Chair Eva Spina kicks off Council 2017

At the start of the annual ITU Council in Geneva, Switzerland today, outgoing Council Chair Julie Zoller welcomed incoming Chair Eva Spina of Italy to take the reins of the member-led governing body that ensures that ITU’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s rapidly changing telecommunications environment. “We shared the podium last year, the first […]

Big Data to tackle grand challenges: A look at IBM Research Africa’s projects

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  IBM Research Africa is currently working on a wide range of development projects across Africa, using Big Data to make headway towards achieving the United […]

AI and ethics — where to draw the line?

After a 75-year incubation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a household word, reflected in popular culture through books, movies and even music. From self-driving vehicles and interactive robots to Apple’s Siri concierge and IBM’s Watson, which is increasingly being used to solve business problems, AI technology is playing a growing role in our day-to-day world. […]