Widely renowned AI summit

The World Summit AI brings together the main driving forces of AI – academia, corporates, startups, investors, science and deep tech – in a programme of keynotes, presentations, showcases, workshops and panel discussions featuring speakers come from the World Economic Forum, the UN, the world’s leading universities and numerous international corporates. As for the attendees, all the big names are coming: from Google to McKinsey, Apple to Airbus, NASA to Shell. Here’s our pick from the programme in a list of the biggest questions that will be discussed.

“Who can govern AI?”

Given the transformative potential of AI, who can govern it? That’s the question posed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Christopher Markou from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law and featuring speakers from the University of Bath, the World Economic Forum, Google Technology, the University of Cambridge and Accenture.

“How can AI predict and mitigate the impact of natural disasters?”

This tech talk features Nicole Hu, co-founder and CTO at One Concern, a Palo Alto-based ‘benevolent AI company’ whose mission is to save lives and livelihoods with the right actions (and reactions) before, during and after natural disasters. The company has a diverse team of technology specialists and hazard scientists and combines AI and human learning to predict the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires.

“Bias and inclusion – what are the ethics of AI?”

Probably the biggest AI question of them all is tackled in this panel discussion, which features Huw Price, academic director and Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Professor Francesca Rossi, AI ethics global leader and professor of computer science at IBM Research and the University of Padua, Bing Song, director of the Berggruen Institute China Center, and Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill, executive director and co-lead of the UNSG’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, United Nations. If they don’t find out, no one will. The moderator is Arnaud Cohen Stuart, head of business ethics at ING.

“How can AI revolutionise health tech?”

Smart healthcare is one of the biggest buzzwords in the field, and here, Stefan Germann, CEO of the Fondation Botnar, and Dr Bart Geerts, consultant cardiac anaesthetist at AMC and founder of Healthplus.ai, discuss how AI can be utilised in medical technology, healthcare systems and the pharma industry. The panel is hosted by Alexander Finlayson, GP, co-founder of Nye and Doll Fellow at Oxford University.

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“How can we use AI for space exploration?”

Just when you thought the questions couldn’t get any bigger, we arrive at the summit’s closing headliner. Steve Chien, head of NASA’s Artificial Intelligence Group, holds a talk entitled ‘Developing AI for future exploration of extra-terrestrial subsurface oceans – search for life on Europa’.

140 speakers

The above should give you a good idea where to start if you are attending the World Summit AI, but of course, it’s only a tiny part of the summit’s extensive programme. Speakers at the conference total 140 and, in addition to the ones named above, include Cassie Kozyrkov, chief decision scientist at Google Cloud, Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president and CTO AI at Microsoft, Dr Androniki Menelaou, lead data scientist at ING, and Yoshua Bengio, professor of computer science and operations research at the University of Montreal.

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