K4A trustee discussing AI challenges at UN event co-hosted by Slovenia

The Slovenian mission to the United Nations, the Council of Europe (CoE) and UNESCO hosted an event discussing the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) at the UN headquarters in New York. The event title Artificial Intelligence: Technology to Serve Humankind, Setting Legal Standards, released a document and shared the view that AI offered a number of advantages but also many risks. Moderated by Slovenian Justice Ministry State Secretary Gregor Strojin, with key input from K4A trustee Marko Groibelnik who talked about AI certification, the debate focused on legal and ethical issues of existing and future use of AI.

K4A trustee delivers UNESCO report on teacher training and Artificial Intelligence

Report on Education, Training Teachers and Learning Artificial Intelligence

K4A assisted UNESCO in delivering a report on teacher training in AI. In this report we study the different interactions between AI and Education with an emphasis on the following question: If we accept that artificial intelligence is an important element in tomorrow’s landscape, what are the skills and competences which should appear in the future curricula and how can we help to train the teachers so that they can play the required role?

This report is one of the first addressing these questions: as such it is less built as a synthesis of existing reports with an increment from previous works than as an analysis based on the experience of teachers, researchers, academics and practitioners.

K4A trustees finalizing UNESCO Recommendation in OER

The UNESCO OER Recommendation was approved by UNESCO member states on 28th May, by consensus. Its final step for approval will take place at the UNESCO General Assembly in November, 2019. K4A had one trustee as representative at the meeting (and in multiple side meetings), and we are pleased with the outcome and final text. The importance for K4A is that the policy once adopted will incentivise UNESCO member states to use Artificial Intelligence tools for OER.

Discussion on opportunities and challenges of Humans and Artificial Intelligence

We were invited by UNESCO to be part of the opening panel to their main conference Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach. The panel discussed the main challenges and opportunities in ensuring the development of artificial intelligence that serves humanity. We briefly presented our projects connecting humanity and AI such as HumaneAI and the Network of Excellence in AI in Africa. Speakers included the first Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Tencent, Facebook, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and more.

 

ROAM approach in AI

UNESCO held a panel discussion to deeply reflect on issues concerning Rights, Access and Multi-stakeholder Governance of Artificial Intelligence. It presented a primer report analyzing the changes that advanced ICTs are bringing to society, under the prism of the ROAM framework, with John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence. The “Openness” dimension was be further explored by a following session focused on Open Data and AI with Maria Fasli, UNESCO Chair on Data Science.

 

Using Artificial Intelligence and Open Educational Resurces data

The X5GON project was welcomed with enthusiastic feedback at this year’s Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO. The project was presented in its basic structure and how it can help institutions make sense of their OER materials and create organic growth ouside their repositories.

Debate on AI in Education Readiness Index

During the 2019 Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO we were asked to discuss the creation of the AI in Education Readiness Index. The idea was to assess the feasibility of an annual Global Index and explore the creation of a multi-donor platform to support its full development. Partners include Microsoft, ITU, ProFuturo Foundation, Apple and Baidu.

First High-level Forum on AI in Africa

We were invited to present our new AI4D Network of Excellence in AI in Africa at the Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, organized by UNESCO and Mohamed VI Polytechnic University from 12 to 13 December in Benguérir (Morocco). This was a great opportunity to understand more about AI developments and explore the opportunities and challenges of technological innovations relating to AI in Africa.

Launching a new Artificial Intelligence Network of Excellence in Africa

We are very happy to announce the launch of the AI for Development Africa project wth IDRC, to support a network of excellence in AI in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen and develop community scientific and technological excellence in a range of AI-related issue areas.

AI4D Africa is aiming to undertake four interrelated activities and will run for 18 months and result in the establishment of the network, research roadmap, portfolio of innovation projects, and recommendations for capacity building for ethical and locally relevant AI research around the African continent.

The project will draw from the recent IDRC and UNESCO supported mapping and facilitate a bottom-up network/community of researchers who will investigate and recommend how the network/community should shape its research agenda and actions.

Open Discussion on Artificial Intelligence @ UNESCO

At the Mozzilla Foundation offices in Paris we attended a great workshop and witnessed two great keynotes, from the drone delivery start-up Zipline showcasing the use of AI in logistics in Rwanda, and Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD, touching on a new report on AI global indexes to be presented at the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.