AI Summit Aims to Help World's Poorest

Addressing humanity's most enduring problems: poverty, malnutrition, and inequality

Declan Butler
Zainab, 9 years, with her brother Mohammad, 3 years. Her family are Syrian refugees and came to Jordan six years ago. She has just received her winter clothing kit from UNICEF and its partner Mateen.
UNICEF/2019/Chris Herwig
06 June 2017

The original story was published on Nature.com on 06 June 2017.

 

Nature.com opens the discussion about Artificial Intelligence and how the AI revolution has yet to offer much help to the 3 billion people globally who live in poverty.

First up, United Nations agencies like UNICEF together with AI experts, policymakers, and industrialists are meeting from 7–9 June, at the AI for Good Global Summit to discuss how AI and Robot, can help address humanity’s most enduring problems such as poverty, malnutrition, and inequality.

AI algorithms can compare night-time and day-time satellite images to measure levels of poverty.
Joshua Stevens/NASA Goddard SFC
AI algorithms can compare night-time and day-time satellite images to measure levels of poverty.

Also highlighted in the article is UNICEF, which already is investing in AI work – testing whether deep learning can diagnose malnutrition from photographs and videos of children.

“This is currently done using mid-upper-arm circumference and is slow and not always super-accurate.

We believe we can do better.”

Chris Fabian, UNICEF Ventures, Office of Innovation