AAAI Publications, 2017 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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The AI Community and the United Nations: A Missing Global Conversation & A Closer Look at Social Good
Karen Judd Smith

Last modified: 2017-03-20


This paper examines the ways the AI community can and needs to engage today’s still pre-eminent global peace and security body, the United Nations (UN). With the rise in real-world applications of AI and an increasing emphasis on national funding toward military and security applications, there is a growing need to balance these survival issues with commensurate actions that provide immediate and long-term benefits to the social good. The 3D Transilient Framework (TF) is used to enhance understanding of the scope and nature of the social forces at play when looking at AI’s role in the social good (AISOC). Finally, I will advance specific ways for the AI community to take steps to engage the UN, and by doing so, increase the opportunities for AI based systems to contribute to the Social Good in strategic and currently underserved arenas.


AI,United Nations, UN,transilience framework, UNODC

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