AI for Good: Navigating the Ethical and Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence While Harnessing its Potential

UN Chief Recognizes the Opportunities and Risks of Advanced Technology as ‘AI for Good’ Conference Begins

The U.N. telecommunications agency is hosting its annual AI for Good conference to provide guidance on how to harness the potential of artificial intelligence while navigating its risks and challenges. The event, which began on May 30, 2024, in Geneva, aims to facilitate discussions on various applications of AI in areas such as robotics, medicine, education, sustainable development, and more.

Among the tech leaders present at the conference is Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, a company that developed ChatGPT – a notable AI system known for generating unique text, images and videos based on a vast database of online content. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are also actively involved in the field of artificial intelligence, competing to harness the technology’s potential.

While AI has been under development for several years, its widespread application became more prominent with the launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI. The company faced criticism and concerns about AI safety particularly regarding the potential for spreading online disinformation using computer-generated content on social media platforms and the internet. U.N Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the importance of ensuring that AI is used ethically and responsibly while highlighting its potential benefits for education, healthcare, agriculture disaster prevention and more. He stressed the need to address issues of bias misinformation security threats associated with AI as well as bridge digital divide by helping developing countries access and utilize AI technologies effectively.

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