Upper Sugar

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
14:30 – 17:00

Impact of AI on Social Good & Human Rights: Urgent Humanitarian Crises

Industry Challenge

Artificial intelligence is being deployed to tackle some of the most extreme, urgent and challenging crises we face today to reduce human suffering. Machine learning initiatives include humanitarian relief and refugee efforts, eradicating sex and labor slavery, averting war, and the list continues. The potential applications can be profound. This panel will bring together key leaders in designing and applying AI technologies in this realm, using current examples to explore the promise of future possibilities.

Discussion Points

  • How have AI technologies had significant impacts on the most challenging and pervasive social crises?

  • What technologies being used to fight these crises can be used by the same perpetrators in the reverse, and how do we prevent such?

  • Given the current state of AI development, what issues can be tackled today.  In 20 years, what topical issues will AI be able to impact, that it can’t do so today?

  • How do we galvanise the funds to support these AI developers?

  • What are the most pressing issues for the SDGs; how can the AI community help?



  • 14:30 – 15:00 Keynote
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Panel
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Breakout Session



  • Panel Chair: Joanna Moresky (Venture Innovator and Executive Advisor)
  • Panelist: Christopher Mikkelson (Co-CEO & Founder of Refugees United)
  • Panelist: Kay Firth-Butterfield (Vice Chair at the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems, Executive Director at AI Austin
  • Panelist: Sherif Elsayed-Ali (Head of Technology & Human Rights at Amnesty International)
  • Panelist: Duncan Ross (Director at DataKind UK, Data & Analytics Director at TES Global Limited)
  • Panelist: Kevin Bales (Professor of Contemporary Slavery University of Nottingham)