Artificial Intelligence: a practical introduction @ TechNovation with UNITAR

Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Artificial Intelligence: a practical introduction. 

UNITAR Core Diplomatic Training 2018, in cooperation with OICT and UN-OHRLLS

UN Secretariat, Conference Room D. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)


Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

Ms. Cara LaPointe, Georgetown University
Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation 

Artificial Intelligence is a topic increasingly mentioned in discussions relating to economics, ethics and policymaking. However, the understanding of this topic ranges widely between the people discussion these matters. This session will provide a practical introduction for participants with little or no computing background.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Well-being, Economic Development and Governments, a private-sector perspective.

Mr. Sharad Sachdev, CFA, Accenture
Artificial Intelligence North America Lead

Artificial Intelligence is an emerging technology with high potential to exponentially improve productivity in the private and public sectors. It is already showing impact in various facets of people’s lives, as influenced by public and private sector. However, it is also seen as a threat for its potential to cause unemployment and for exacerbating disparities between highly-developed countries and the rest, as well as between highly-skilled workers and the rest. This session will provide an overview of AI applications for Citizens, Communities and Governments which have a positive impact on society. It will share the projected impact of AI on economic and sector growth. It will also introduce the “Responsible AI movement” targeted to ensure responsible use of AI across private and public sectors.

This event is open to UN Member States and personnel of the UN System holding a valid UN ID.

About the TechNovation Talks & Workshops

OICT organizes this ongoing series of conversations to raise knowledge among UN personnel, Civil Society and Member States on innovative ways in which technology can be applied to our work.