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DCOM (*) - 28/10/2019

GFAIH, a global forum for ethical AI


The Global Forum on AI for Humanity (GFAIH) is set to run from 28 to 30 October in Paris. Close to 150 major figures from the worlds of science, innovation and politics will be in attendance to discuss opportunities, problems and solutions on the theme of AI during workshops and plenary sessions.

The Artificial intelligence opens up a range of opportunities in fields as diverse as health, the environment and the management of industrial systems. It does, however, raise a security threat to the privacy of people using it. With this in mind, an appraisal of the extent of the possibilities available through AI requires appropriate security and confidentiality measures, but such questions raise many issues, from both a scientific and a human perspective.

Aiming to provide answers to these questions, the Global Forum on AI for Humanity will run from 28 to 30 October in Paris, following on from the decision taken at the G7 summit in August to set up a Global Partnership on AI. In this context, the forum will be the first gathering of this global body dedicated to expertise, collaboration and reflection on AI.

Comprising 35 members, the committee of the forum’s international programme will bring together 150 contributors, with five workshops and eight plenary sessions set to be held.  During the three days of the GFAIH, a strong emphasis will be placed on multidisciplinarity, with experts in AI, the humanities and engineering, along with innovators, economic stakeholders, policymakers and representatives from civil society all in attendance. The overarching objective will be to identify opportunities available through AI, what difficulties are currently emerging and proposals as to how these might be resolved. Discussions will take place on social experiments and projects that will help to build a knowledge base for use by R&D programmes. The forum will also provide an opportunity to consider what initiatives the GPAI might take in order to ensure that humanity is able to benefit from the progress made in AI. The event will be attended by around 450 participants from 25 different countries.

This event is being organised as part of France's national programme for research into AI, which is being coordinated by Inria.

GFAIH: Take part in the debate!

The eight plenary sessions will tackle the most prominent questions facing AI, including issues relating to security, data governance, human aspects, opportunities and global challenges. Here’s a small overview of the presentations:

  • AI and reliability

Increasingly, human interaction with devices is controlled by AI, raising the stakes when it comes to the security of critical AI applications. Technology and regulations have to be developed in order to ensure that people are able to trust AI systems.

  • Data governance

With a focus on ethical, political and legal challenges, this session will address the need to clarify the regulations for the governance of different types of data (personal data, metadata, etc.), the goal being to devise technical methods for applying these regulations.

  • The future of employment and the economic impact of AI

The effectiveness of AI in mechanising complex physical and cognitive tasks is having significant repercussions on both the economy and society as a whole. As a result, it is essential to develop a thorough understanding of the impact AI might have on the primary economic channels and on the transformation of work.

  • Delegating decisions to machines, the human factor, and supervision

Delegating decisions to a personal robot assistant can make life a lot easier, but it can also be a source of alienation. In order to prevent this from happening, users have to be able to understand digital assistants, with control given back to humans in cases where this proves necessary.

  • AI & human values

Machine learning recreates existing bias and inequalities in datasets used for training. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss these problems and possible ways of removing bias resulting from inappropriate data sets or algorithms, the goal being to design AI systems that respect fundamental human values.

  • The main obstacles AI technology will need to overcome

This session will focus on the major scientific and technological challenges that are central to AI: improving machine learning paradigms, possible bridges between different approaches to AI, and the progress that will need to be made in modern robotics.

  • AI for humanity: global challenges

This panel will assess how AI might contribute towards solving the major challenges facing our society, dealing with issues outlined in other panels in terms of reliability, the human factor, eliminating bias, etc.

  • Global cooperation and the organisation of the GPAI

This session will look at global cooperation and cooperation between the worlds of industry, academia and society on the subject of AI. It will also focus on the progress made with the GPAI, discussing its objectives, its core principles and its organisational structure.


The full programme can be found here.


Keywords: Éthique IA Intelligence artificielle AI for Humanity Santé