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How artificial intelligence might help achieve the SDGs

How artificial intelligence might help achieve the SDGs

Sid Dixit of Planet presents at Train AI in San Francisco. Photo by: Catherine Cheney / Devex Machine learning is the ultimate way to go faster, said Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, as he showed a slide image of a race car to a crowd of professionals gathered to learn more about artificial intelligence.

But speed can also lead to accidents, Norvig warned, clicking to another slide with an image of a dramatic crash. Norvig, who is also the author of a leading textbook on artificial intelligence, or AI, was speaking at Train AI , a conference hosted by CrowdFlower in San Francisco, California, this week.

“In every industry, there’s a place where AI can make things better,” Norvig told Devex. “Look at all of the AI technologies, and all problems, and it’s just a question of fitting them together and figuring out, ‘what’s the right technological match and what’s the right policy match?’”

Machine intelligence will have profound implications for the development sector. AI is a way to understand data, Norvig continued, and the global development community will be unable to understand and act on information coming in from cell phones to satellites without both human and machine intelligence.

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Norvig will also speak at the upcoming AI for Global Good summit hosted at the International Telecommunications Unit in Geneva, Switzerland. Gatherings such as these help technologists connect solutions to problems, he said. From Silicon Valley to Hyderabad, India, where the ninth annual Information and Communications Technology for Development, or ICT4D, conference has just taken place, there is growing interest in bringing the technology community together with the global development community, in order to leverage AI to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. AI for good

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