I recently had the privilege of attending at the United Nations an invited gathering of individuals active in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. The meeting was hosted by UNOPS with a view to consider how AI can be better deployed to support the UN mission. The attendees included leaders in AI and its related fields with the AI leaders for companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM Watson, Intel and IPSoft, along with government entities and distinguished academics and journalists.
At the dinner, a great number of topics were discussed with the United Nations representatives challenging the community to use its collective resources to support the UN’s mission of cleaning up the oceans, feeding the hungry and delivering medicine to the underserved. As the discussion progressed, security emerged as an important topic and that AI has the potential to both make a vital contribution and to be co-opted and weaponized as an agent of attack.