GENEVA: It was announced on Wednesday that eight humanoid robots will be the main attractions at the United Nations’ first summit on the benefits of artificial intelligence since the pandemic began.
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced that the AI for Good Global Summit, which first took place in 2017, will return to Geneva on July 6 and 7 after a three-year Covid-imposed break.
The goal of the event is to demonstrate how the United Nations’ so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs), which include boosting humanitarian action and combating climate change, can be achieved through the use of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the new chief of the ITU, stated in a statement, “It’s in our collective interest that we can shape AI faster than it is shaping us.”
She continued, “As the primary UN platform for AI, this summit will bring to the table leading voices representing a diversity of interests to ensure that AI can be a powerful catalyst for progress in our race to rescue the SDGs.”
In 2015, the 17 SDGs were adopted by UN member states. By 2030, they want to achieve food security, end poverty, and make clean, affordable energy available to everyone.
According to the ITU, the event in July will see the first-ever gathering of eight humanoid social robots and more than 20 specialized robots under one roof.
According to the announcement, the humanoid robots Beonmi, Nadine, Sophia, Geminoid, 4NE-1, Ai-Da Robot, Grace, and Desdemona will demonstrate capabilities ranging from fighting fires and delivering aid to providing healthcare and farming sustainably.