Nov 26, 2017

Recap: AI for good

Sometimes it only takes 90 minutes to make the world a little better.


All you need is to bring together some inspiring minds such as Anne Kjær Riechert from the ReDI School of Digital Integration, Christine Gould from Thought for Food Foundation, or Roberta Lucca a leader in AI-based entrepreneurship and let them collaboratively work on a challenge which couldn’t be more urging yet progressive.

During the House of Beautiful Business, we facilitated a workshop on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set by the UN can be supported by the emerging possibilities of AI-related technologies. With official material by the UN as well as with our beautifully designed “AI Opportunity Card Set” focusing on the current and emerging state of AI and related trends, each of the participants deep dived into one of the topics.

In a “speed dating” session, the groups combined AI related trends such as pattern recognition, streamlining complex systems or AI changing our education with the selected SDG goals:

|  SDG #2 – Zero hunger: Achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

|  SDG #4 – Quality education: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. 

|  SDH #8 – Decent work and economic growth: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

|  SDG #12 – Responsible consumption and production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The results ranged from “using AI technologies to allow local communities to create localized education programs to teach and empower kids” or “AI-powered training games targeting marginalized groups such as women and children” to “to apply AI to process big data to identify better strategies to produce, connect, recycle and prioritize, what can be produced locally”.

Photographer: Joao Nogueira

One of the groups also developed a personalized gaming experience to eradicate hunger and achieve food security through better agriculture. A highly engaging game which encourages people to go into farming while intelligent NPC’s (non-playing characters) would educate them on their individual needs.

Concluding it can be said, that the potential for good by AI lays in focusing on bigger data sets and isolating patterns within them. This is creating efficiencies in production as well as more accurate predictions and shows new educational pathways. Using data to understand labour market needs and create training systems, is a smart way to face UN’s SDGs.

Our concept for the workshop worked out well and even beyond our expectations. Synergies occurred between participants of different groups, and even now long after the session, the discussion for transforming the world and to create future business opportunities is still on.

What else could we ask for? This workshop was truly beautiful – in many different ways.  


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